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Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus Hardcover – November 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0195342840 ISBN-10: 0195342844 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195342844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195342840
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An improvement over sterile word books and scattered online reference works, this succinct and focused thesaurus offers 300,000 synonyms and 100,000 antonyms, with pedagogy sprinkled along the way. A readable layout blends boldface entries and italicized models among word lists and limits dingbats to arrows. The text favors a variety of users. For the beginning writer or student of composition, “Choose the Right Word” notes encourage contrast, such as sterile versus sanitary. “Word Links” advance readers to alternate listings, for example, from reptile to herpetology. “Word Spectrum” sidebars offer a word continuum, as with the scale of terms from plain to fancy, and new “Word Toolkits,” a form of cross-referencing, connect the reader to close synonyms, such as daunting and formidable. Signed commentary under “Word Notes” offers insight into how and why connotations collect around words. Some, such as David Lehman’s analysis of foundation garments, stray from pedagogy to a cutesy irrelevance. Michael Dirda’s definition of patriotic implies that lovers of their homeland are all male. For this edition, the thematic tables of words from architecture, cooking, geography, and other areas have been collected in a “Wordfinder” section in the center of the volume along with a three-page list of archaic terms and a two-page compilation of such artsy terms as troublous and espy.  Although the thesaurus does not seem to have grown, and updating appears to be minimal, this edition is easier to read. Recommended for most libraries that did not acquire the first edition as well as for libraries where the first edition is dog-eared.

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I found the thesaurus very helpful in finding "another" word to use in my writing.
Elaine Fber
That's why every dedicated writer seeking to master their craft will have a good thesaurus as a core part of their personal and professional reference shelf.
Midwest Book Review
Overall, the Second Edition to the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is a much cleaner, easier version to use.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DorothyFan1 on October 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The new edition of the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is superior for several reasons...several of which were left out of the editorial review listed above.

1. I noticed the listing of the words have been updated. The listing of words are now printed in a slightly bolder typeface - making it easier to pick out the meaning.

2. The word headings themselves are slightly larger...again making it simpler to locate definitions on the page.

3. The page layout seems to be cleaner. When you open up any page...you'll quickly notice how much nicer the structured plan is for showing words.

There is one more caveat I'd like to mention. I believe this new version, although labeled "Second Edition", should be considered a revision to the first one and not realistically a new printing. I say this because the jacket description mentions the same number of words are incorporated, namely the listing of 300,000 synonyms. There is no mention of "new" synonyms added to this "Second" printing. Otherwise the editors of this edition would have mentioned the addition of newer synonyms added to this edition. Remember, The Synonym Finder, another good resource, has a much higher listing of synonyms than the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus...about 1.2 million.

Overall, the Second Edition to the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is a much cleaner, easier version to use.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ralph A. Muench on February 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this thesaurus along with The Synonym Finder and compared the two. I found The Synonym Finder far superior in all cases. While the Oxford Writer's was good, it wastes valuable space with unnecessary 'tips' and stories from contributing authors. In order to make space for these, it also saves space by deferring readers to other similar words in a few cases in stead of listing all synonyms for each and every word.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Words are a writer's tools. The larger the writer's vocabulary the more options available for expressing ideas. That's why every dedicated writer seeking to master their craft will have a good thesaurus as a core part of their personal and professional reference shelf. Now in a completely updated second edition, the "Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus" provides more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, with real-life example sentences. enhanced with notes on American English usage by Bryan Garner, Word Spectrums showing shades of meaning between polar opposites, and a comprehensive language guide, The "Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus" is a core reference work suitable for professional authors and non-specialist general writers alike. This new edition also features Word Toolkits and Wordfinder, two invaluable aids that will help to define and delineate nuances of word usage. Simply stated, the "Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus" is a core and recommended addition for personal, professional, community, and school library Writing/Publishing reference collections.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sky Blue's mom on July 6, 2010
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I just purchased the "Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus" less than one month ago. While I like it, I do find there are words "missing," i.e. words that I have actually looked up that aren't there! I don't think I have ever experienced this with a thesaurus before. Nonetheless,I use it, although I sometimes have to rely on my two other Oxfords (i.e., Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus" and the "Concise Oxford English Dictionary.") which I purchased through Amazon as well. Probably sometime down the road, I will buy a new edition of one of the "standby" thesauruses that I've had for years, and want a newer edition for:i.e, "Rogets," for example.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By theskeptic on January 11, 2009
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OK, it's a decent thesaurus. I have a few different ones, and this one seems fine. I don't know what makes it a "writer's" thesaurus per se... it's just an ordinary thesaurus as far as I can see. But it's OK.

However, it doesn't seem to even remotely approach Rodale's "The Synonym Finder" in completeness, so I don't understand why other reviewers are waxing batty over this one. It has a pleasant layout, nice on the eyes, but I still find myself turning to "The Synonym Finder" as my first choice. It's just bigger, bolder, and broader. "The Synonym Finder" is the real "writer's" thesaurus, if any one is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zheng Shuying on January 7, 2009
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Though I have not used the product longer than a week, I have found the book immediately useful, and have recommended it to some friends. I have been told that they don't need a book when they came work from a computer, but I am still a person who feels comfortable working from books. I also find it far speedier going about this way, despite what people say.
I am a faithful user of a Roget's Thesaurus, but I've found this recent book I purchased, really, a good buy. The only disadvantage is that it is somewhat weighty to work from.
I hope this has been of some useful feed-back to you.
All the best for 2009.
SI Teh
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Cooks on December 2, 2012
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A substantial tome, chock-a-block with the most advantageous adjectives and nimble nouns, a veritable writer's pantry of delicious seasonings with which to flavor one's articles, poems and short stories.Beautifully bound, an attractive book to look at, as well! I highly recommend! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chalupsky on February 17, 2012
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This book was worth ordering. It is filled with much information a writer needs in researching and establishing a readable and understandable vocabulary for their patrons. I found it to be most helpful.
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