Like when CGP Grey makes a video about the European Union, that video explains everything with details yet clearly and concisely. I thought redux would have been a great word, but it only means "revived"

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    The definitive video? Sep 13, 2013 at 5:16
  • That's pretty accurate. Sep 13, 2013 at 14:58

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Consider quintessential

the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form

  • I like quintessential except it applies to examples(mostly human) that fit well to a model rather than describing a talk/text/video. Sep 13, 2013 at 14:57

you can say:

compendious (adj) compendium (n)

containing the substance of a subject, often an exclusive subject, in a brief form; concise: a compendious history of the world.

succint (adj)

marked by brevity and clarity; concise

precis (n, v)

a summary of the essentials of a text; abstract

abridge (v)

to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.

epitome (n)


Depending on the context you could use any of:


v.tr. digest, sum up, put in a nutshell, abridge

n. digest, abridgement, abridged version

adj. digested, summed-up, in-a-nutshell, abridged

Do look into the details, because these are not "perfect" synonyms.


I would call that video "The EU in brief".


In literary forms, a Treatise can often be this kind of work.


I've happened across "cheat sheet" since I asked the question.

  • That’s a somewhat different thing, though. Oct 14, 2013 at 17:22

One possibility is epitome, in the sense of this definition in The Oxford Universal Dictionary (1955):

A condensed record or representation in miniature.

User49727 suggested this term earlier, but didn't supply the particular meaning relevant to the original question.

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