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The Quintessential Dictionary Paperback – August 1, 1984


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books Inc (Mm) (August 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446324434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446324434
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book years ago, even then in a used bookstore. I'd moved beyond all those dull "How to Improve Your Vocabulary Books", but picked it up anyway... and was so delighted. It makes for wonderful reading, even though it's a dictionary. The words in it are vibrant and complex and utilizable. A definition is provided of a given word, say, "saturnine", or "quiescent", and then examples of how the word appears in various texts are listed beneath. My one quarrel with the book is that too many of the examples seem to have been taken from the same sources; I wish Hunsberger had cast his reading net a bit wider. Nevertheless, the examples are wonderfully readable and truly do educate you about the various shadings of the words lucky enough to appear here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Houk on February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I originally got this dictionary when I started reading Vanity Fair and Dominick Dunne's books. If you don't know what "c'est la vie" or "elan" is, this is the dictionary for you. I've had mine 20 years and recently ordered one for a friend who needs no help w/comprehension but has started to do the NY Times crosswords (very heady stuff there). You can basically use it almost as a thesaurus and has boundless, wonderful words and phrases that are used often but not always correctly. FANTASTIC book for anyone who reads and wants to continue their education w/words and phrases that people today do not always use on an everyday basis. A must-have!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rhhardin on February 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Learn the thousand words and you can read all of Wm. F. Buckley without looking anything up.

I recommend making flashcards.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Parsons on August 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
A good book for those who seek a distillation of a thorough dictionary. Can be read for pleasure.
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