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Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language: Deluxe Edition [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Gramercy; Unabridged edition (May 18, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517118882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517118887
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 3.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
As a graduate student on a budget, this dictionary is a godsend. It contains the level of description that is needed for academic writing with all of the extras that make good dictionaries fun, such as brief etymological notes and small illustrations. The style manual, list of US Presidents and Vice Presidents, and reproduced patriotic documents is a cute touch.
In this age of extensive web based dictionaries, some overlook the importance of a tangible, paper resource. Thumbing through this dictionary reminds you of why the web can never fully replace paper documents; the discovery of words in the context of the language as a whole. If you are a serious scholar, high school, college, or graduate/professional student, or are looking for a dictionary for one, this is an excellent choice.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent For Education and Entertainment March 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Sometimes the greatest works of literature don't have plots, characters, technical climaxes, action of any kind, settings, or dialogue. There are no great scenes, no credited authors, and rising actions. How does one read a book without a plot? one might ask. Among English literature there are masses of unregarded books lacking characters and dialogue, though rich in knowledge and beauty of their own. These books I refer to are dictionaries, and standing supreme of all dictionaries is Webster's Unabridged Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language (Random House Value Publishers, 1996).
It's the book to end all books, a worthwhile diversion for those days when boredom threatens to overwhelm. Upon almost every page sit pictures, visual attractors for those people out there who complain that they can't read books without pictures. Next to the pictures, surrounding the pictures, expounding upon the pictures are the definitions, some like little stories and some information and more. You can read about far-off and exotic locations, historical and mythological figures, slang terms, etymology, and sundry nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, interjections, pronouns, etc. In the beginning of the book is a comprehensive list of all the American presidents, their wives, their religions, their running mates and complete copies of the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution including the amendments. At the end is a list of important people the world over, so that you know how to correctly address the Chief Justice of Canada and his or her mailing address in case you ever have the urge to write. What a book! Where else would one find out that pelite is any clayey rock like mudstone or shale, or even that clayey is a real adjective?
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary December 28, 1999
By J. Cory
Format:Hardcover
Whether you are looking to add to your collection or simply seeking a great dictionary at an affordable price, the Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary is the one English language dictionary that everyone who reads, writes or loves words should own a copy of. It is among the most prized and by far most utilized dictionary of my own collection, never far from arms reach when I am writing.
This book at five times the price would be a worthwhile investment. Priced as it is, there can be no reason for not owning at least one copy of such a wonderful dictionary. My only suggestion, invest it in a good book stand. It will save both the book and your biceps.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great inside, lousy outside July 9, 2005
By H. Bird
Format:Hardcover
I'm the sort of person who will actually sit down and read dictionaries - I can really get lost in them. I loved this dictionary; it was great to use. However, the binding was really, really crummy. Within a year, the covers had started to tear off. Now it is missing both front and back covers, and I'm in the market for a new dictionary again. I realize it is difficult to make a binding that can hold up to use on a book of this size (it's huge and heavy), but if they couldn't do any better, they should have made it more than one volume. Now I am wary of large, single-volume dictionaries. I hope they do a better job in future.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am getting three more! Let me tell you why. December 1, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I first bought this dictionary to play scrabble. If you play, you know that drawing the letter "Q" makes the game difficult because most often you also need a "U." A few words exist that do not require the "qu" combination such as qat, qaid, qiyas or qirsh. Rare is the dictionary that has these words to offer when the player is challenged. Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary stands the test.
I came to use it a great deal for words unknown to my computer's spell checker, while I wrote my master thesis. I still use it today as editor of the local historical magazine. For the holidays I am giving one to my smart step-daughter, and for purely selfish reasons: I am donating a copy to the local Historical Society -- so that I may use it there -- and I will offer my wife her very own Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary -- so that I will no longer have to look for mine in her office! One of my professors said: "learning new words is the only way to increase one's I.Q." I do not know if it is true, but it can't hurt to try.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This has been my favorite for years September 18, 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have the 1989 edition and it is by far the best reference book I've owned. My undergrad degree is in English, so I've used my share of dictionaries over the years. I can't imagine not having this great book nearby. I use it for everything, including the foreign language translation section, the maps, the crossword dictionary, etc. - it's chock full of useless but interesting informaiton. More than most will ever need. But you never know.

My only beef - I agree with the reviewer who said that the binding sucks. Mine is held together with duct tape. I guess it's time to get a new one.
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product was in great condition and was axactly what I was looking for. thank you very much. have a wonderful day.
Published 6 months ago by rett clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dictionary
Good price for such a big inclusive dictionary! It has more than everything a language arts teacher could ask for.
Published 13 months ago by Kathy A. Minnich
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Very good price, perfect item. This word requirement in the comments is bs as far as I am concerned...Don't ask me to write this stuff again!
Published 15 months ago by Danny Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Websters Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English language
This is a wonderful reference book. The person I gifted it to is delighted. It is in excellent condition and a very good additon to anyone's library.
Published 18 months ago by Ramona Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Webstersw Unabridged Encyclopedic Dictionary
I am one of the worlds worst spellers and I have used dictionaries of lesser quality in the passed. I always said to myself that I needed an unabridged dictionary but kept putting... Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by Henry pate
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Random House Webster's 2nd ed. rev. under different title
Just FYI, this is the exact same book as "Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2nd Ed. Revised" (1993) a.k.a "Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary", among other names. Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by S. McCandlish
3.0 out of 5 stars usage of Webster in this book title is a word, not a name
Sorry to burst your bubble, but what you really want, at least in an American English dictionary, is a Merriam-Webster, not a "Webster" dictionary titled as such by any other... Read more
Published on November 17, 2011 by Jay C. Dillon Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service. Great dictionary !!!
This is the dictionary you will want on your desk. And atlanta_book is the bookstore you want to order from !!!
Published on July 12, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language I am quite happy with this dictionary. Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by Patricia I Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Not edited very well
Not sure what all else is wrong, but if you're familiar with reptiles, and you already know what neurotoxic and hemotoxic are, this dictionary has them reversed (their... Read more
Published on September 13, 2010 by cornsnakey
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