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Definition of Summary


  1. Formed into a sum; summed up; reduced into a narrow compass, or into few words; short; brief; concise; compendious; as, a summary statement of facts.
  2. Hence, rapidly performed; quickly executed; as, a summary process; to take summary vengeance.
  3. A general or comprehensive statement; an abridged account; an abstract, abridgment, or compendium, containing the sum or substance of a fuller account.

Summary Quotations

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.
Louis E. Boone

Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
Thomas Carlyle

Perhaps I can say that I am a bit astute, that I can adapt to circumstances, but it is also true that I am a bit naive. Yes, but the best summary, the one that comes more from the inside and I feel most true is this: I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon.
Pope Francis

A summary of every Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat!
Alan King

Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.
A. R. Ammons
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Summary Translations

summary in German is kurz zusammengefasst, Inhaltsangabe
summary in Italian is raccolta
summary in Latin is epitome, epitoma
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