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The Synonym Finder Paperback – August 1, 1986
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From the Back Cover
-- More than 1,000,000 synonyms
-- Simple alphabetical arrangement -- no separate index necessary
-- Separate subdivisions for the different parts of speech and different meanings of the same word
-- Expanded to include thousands of new words and expressions that have entered the language in recent years
-- Includes clearly labeled slang and informal words and expressions, as well as rare, archaic, scientific and other specialized terms
-- Minimum cross-references
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Top Customer Reviews
Then I saw this. And found that all of the thesauri collected in my library had become worthless. This is the OED of thesauri, indispensable and perfect beyond comprehension. You will want to order this in hardcover, for you will find yourself using it again, and again, and again, and again.
When I bought this book I actually did comparisons between the synonyms in this book and others, and was astounded. I don't remember the word offhand, but this book had over twenty synonyms, while Roget's had seven. An Oxford thesaurus had eleven, but that was as good as it got.
The most important thing about this book is that the synonyms are relevant. The author hasn't just packed a bunch of words together here to make it look good.
Everyone I have recommended this to have come back and thanked me for 'saving' them!!
Easy to read print, EXTENSIVE listing of Synonym.
Worth every penny and a bargin at that!!
I recently purchased the Synonym Finder (SF). I am disappointed with the SF, in comparison with the superior and richer RIT.
The most helpful review on this site says: "There are 1.5 million words in the SF [...]. That's more than 4 times the number of words in the RIT.". How misleading! It is not the number of repeated words that is important, but the number of index words and word-assoociations. The organization of the SF is linear ("dictionary form"): the same word is merely repeated over and over. The RIT is hierarchical and associative, leading the reader systematically and efficiently from perfect synonyms to "near" and "related" words, and of course includes antonyms and word-lists as well.
The SF has nearly 20,000 index words. The RIT has over 25,000. Check it out!
Try to find index words like "at first sight", "bring together", "consequently", "downplay", "easy on the eye", or "fine-tune" in the SF. And these are just a few examples.
But the big difference between the linear SF and the by-category RIT is not just the number of index-words, but the natural way one searches for a synonym associately. For each index word, the RIT will recommend perhaps only ten alternatives, but each of these is an entire category, leading to 20, 50 or 200 more. The SF, on the other hand, will just provide a linear list of 5-15 other words - invariably a poorer set of choices.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the BEST Synonym Finder ever in my opinion. It's quite thorough, and a must have item in every household, even in the digital age. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Satori Girl
If you would like to open your mind to a vast understanding of the spoken word (English) this is the tool. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Loclynn
I LOVE this book! It even gives phrases that are commonly used & figures of speech!Published 1 month ago by holly
This is by far the best Synonym Finder on the market today! I could not be more pleased with my purchase!Published 2 months ago by Anita Zippiroli