Abbre'viature. n.s. [abbreviatura, Lat.]
- A mark used for the sake of shortening.
- A compendium or abridgment.
He is a good man, who grieves rather for him that injures him, than for his own suffering; who prays for him, that wrongs him, forgiving all his faults; who sooner shews mercy than anger; who offers violence to his appetite, in all things endeavouring to subdue the flesh to the spirit. This is an excellent abbreviature of the whole duty of a christian. Taylor's Guide to devotion.