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Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus [Hardcover]

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August 1, 1996 0316101389 978-0316101387 Ind Sub
BARTLETT'S ROGET'S THESAURUS Discover just how easy it is to find the word you're looking for with today's most useful, up-to-date, and comprehensive thesaurus.

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When is a thesaurus more than a thesaurus? When it is Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus. As well as providing synonyms like a standard thesaurus, this work has the added value of the creative combination of both Bartlett's and Roget's traditions plus some features of an almanac. Roget devised a conceptual (as opposed to alphabetical) thesaurus. The imagery of Bartlett's quotations adds breadth and depth to some categories here, and the 100 almanaclike lists of facts, interspersed in the body, supplement the synonyms. The introductory portion of the book includes an explanation of and rationale for this unique approach to thesaurus preparation. It is a North American work with emphasis on contemporary idiom and usage. There are two category lists, one grouped by concept and the other alphabetical, plus a directory of sidebar lists and a list of abbreviations on the contents page.

For each category in the thesaurus, there are selections of synonyms for each appropriate part of speech. The general arrangement of the thesaurus can be visualized from the following example. The concept of Spatial Relations has 61 categories including space, location, cities, rivers, absence, expansion, etc. Category 569 Mountains and Hills starts with a quote by John Ruskin. It has nouns, adjectives, and verbs that describe things hilly or mountainous. There are cross-references to such related categories as Geology and Height. There is also a list of Notable Mountains, Mountain Ranges and Hills. The lists are a form of ready reference. The one associated with category 299 Love is of Famous Lovers of Fact and Fiction. In the lengthy and very detailed index, each word, phrase, foreign expression, and idiom in the thesaurus is found with an associated number for category and/or keyword and paragraph.

This is a great book (great 445.14)--great in contents (plentiful 97.4), great in size (heavy 538.9), great value for the money (important 799.7), and great fun to use (wonderful! 294.20). Highly recommended to all libraries and wordsmiths.


"When is a thesaurus more than a thesaurus? When it is BARTLETT'S ROGET'S THESAURUS....This is a great book (great 445.14)--great in contents (plentiful 97.4), great in size (heavy 538.9), great value for the money (important 799.7), and great fun to use (wonderfull 294.20). Highly recommended to all libraries and wordsmiths." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1456 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Ind Sub edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316101389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316101387
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best currently available thesaurus March 4, 1997
I've used a lot of thesauruses over the years, including Roget's International Thesaurus intensively through several editions, and the new Bartlett's eclipses them all. The latest Roget's International Thesaurus is in some respects inferior to previous editions, as I was no longer finding the exact word I was looking for. I have an extremely high success rate with this new Bartlett version. It's fun just to browse around in it. Many quotations
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all thesauruses are alike September 6, 2002
After several days of research, during which I sought recommendations in books for writers and tested a dozen competitors, I have found Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus the clear winner. Compared to its rivals, it is cheaper, but printed on better paper with a more legible typeface. It has a useful thumb index and a clean layout unlike the others. Its wordlists, topics, and lists are more relevant.
Best of all, it's more intuitive than the others--not only in the process of looking up a word, but in the list of words found. And at the end of most wordlists are references to related concepts that increase the smart, intuitive feel to the book, a feature lacking in the competition. I consistently found the right word and/or wordlist more easily with Roget's Bartlett's than with Roget's International 6th.
The crucial step to finding the right word is when looking in the index. Fortunately, Bartlett's lists every single word in the index, whereas Roget's International 6th does not. Not finding a word in a thesaurus index is disconcerting, and substituting that word for a simpler, indexed one doesn't always lead in the right direction. Also, instead of distinguishing between nouns and verbs in the index, as Roget's International 6th does with hard-to-read type, Bartlett's streamlines the search by using descriptive phrases that distinguish, for example, "pedal" the part of a keyboard instrument from "pedal" meaning propel. This helps to pinpoint the right wordlist.
Despite its unwieldy name, Bartlett's Roget's does not exactly combine both reference tools. There is only about one quotation from Bartlett's every two pages, making the quotations more of a decorative distraction than a useful reference. But I see nothing wrong with the innocuous added bonus in a thesaurus that easily beats the others.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surely the best June 17, 2000
Very likely the single most important feature this book offers is exactly what we word-hunters mostly want from a thesaurus:
1) An impressively high hit rate.
2) A large number of highly useful references.
Besides that, I think this book excels its competitors (painstakingly compared trying to buy the very best available one) in many another important ways.
Other thesauruses and even some children's dictionaries' "how to use" sections run for several pages in rather small typeface. The fact that the "How to use" section of this thesaurus takes really sparse areas of the front and back pages of one single leaf can give you an idea of how easy to use it is. The backbone of this ease of use of course is the thoughtful organization.
The book (1415 pages) is divided into two main parts: the Thesaurus itself and the Index. Want to look up a word? Look it up in the neat looking 4-columns-per-page Index (40% of the book) which is guaranteed to contain an entry for every single word and phrase contained in the book. There you get the keyword and number of all the different subparagraphs in the thesaurus where that word appears. These numbered paragraphs group together words of similar meaning. The paragraphs are subdividions within parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, verbs...) within numbered subcategories of the top 24 large groups of related subjects embodied in the thesaurus. At the end of each paragraph you may also find very useful cross references to other related categories.
What if you have a tip-of-the-tongue effect or don't really know the word you want?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Thesaurus at its Best May 17, 2001
I was sick of all the thesauruses in my office that are set up in dictionary-alphabetic format and turned to Amazon for the traditional concept-based thesaurus of my youth. I got it with "Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus."
The indexing alone is well worth the money you'll pay for this, but if that's not enough, you might like the list of categories, (will and behaivior, spatial relations, negotiations & fiscal relations, etc.) that are included both by concepts and alphabetically. In addition, there are a lot of lists included, from breeds of cattle to stations of the cross to varieties of beans. Makes for some interesting reading.
If *that* hasn't convinced you, the actual thesaurus part of it is darn good. Many times I turn to this reference book to prompt creativity, to expand on ideas, etc. The contemporary terms and phrases and relationships between words and concepts are quite good. If you appreciate good resources, this is going to be a great desk item for you.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRE!!? Looking for the best thesaurus? Look no further! November 14, 2000
I have, like some of my overzealous opposite numbers, gone overboard by going into a spree of pre test consumerism esp. that of books related to GRE. I have bought nearly 4 different thesauri but Barlett's Roget's thesaurus surpasses them all. For example: Crabbed which basically means irratible, ill tempered, spiteful, cranky, pettish, etc. Now, if you search for the meaning of crabbed in merriam websters dictionary (the best available on the planet) it will spit out the meaning as sour or peevish (irratible). But if you try to search for the synonyms list for the word crabbish, no other thesauri, in which happened i happened to check, except Barletts Rogets, had irritable as a synonym in its synonym list for the headword - crabbing. This is one of the several examples which have enraged me enough to discard my various other thesauri in favor of Barletts Rogets Thesaurus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
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I had an ancient paperback Roget, and wanted a new one organised basically the same way. They are not all the same, it turns out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Evelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive, excellent resource for multiple grammatical purposes
This is a truly amazing thesaurus. It not only provides a detailed list of synonyms and antonyms for nearly every English word--it works as a great dictionary for checking correct... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ruthie Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Thesaurus but...
The print is so tiny for this large volume book. I guess it is so huge that they had to compensate lest it enlarge further but really, what is the difference it was a bit... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Viv Lace
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy for the book
I am greatful for this book was able to find alot of words. This thesaurus was recommended to me and glad i have it. Thanks !
Published on October 15, 2011 by malika s
5.0 out of 5 stars A Source of Joy
This powerful workhorse of a resource is amazing to the point it practically defies description. This book gives information above and beyond the call of duty for any thesaurus. Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by Gail LaVonne
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This is a necessity for every home. An exhaustive vocabulary is the mark of a learned person and in this economy, it might be the difference between aquiring employment and not. Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by Cindy K.
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS!!!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Hours and hours of fun. And it's good exercise -- try lifting the thing!
Published on January 12, 2009 by Books'N'More
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thesaurus!
There are many editions of Roget's Thesaurus, but this is one of the best. The print is large enough to easily read, and in each section there are several alternative words or... Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by Alan Dale Daniel
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