- Series: Roget's International Thesaurus Indexed
- Hardcover: 1168 pages
- Publisher: Collins Reference; 5th/Indexd edition (August 23, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062700146
- ISBN-13: 978-0062700148
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 262 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,557,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
A classic reference book that has been used by millions all over the world, Roget’s International Thesaurus is the product of more than a century and a half of continual expansion, reorganization, and improvement. Today this book is not only the most time-tested and bestselling thesaurus ever, but, newly revised, it is also the most up-to-date and comprehensive reflection of the English language as it is currently used.
The revolutionary achievement of Dr. Peter Mark Roget’s first edition in 1852 was the development of a brand-new principle: the arrangement of words and phrases according to their meanings. Dr. Roget’s system brings together in one place all the terms associated with a single thought or concept; it allows a wide-ranging survey of language within a book of relatively modest size, without the space-consuming repetitions that so severely limit the scope of thesauruses arranged in a dictionary format with A-to-Z entries. This brilliant organization makes Roget’s International Thesaurus both the most efficient word finder and a cutting-edge aid in stimulating thought, organizing ideas, and writing and speaking more clearly and effectively.
This revised and updated seventh edition features thousands of new words and phrases, including the newest slang words and expressions that color and inform everyday language. At the same time, it retains all the hallmarks that have made Roget’s International Thesaurus the most popular word reference book next to the dictionary.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dr. Robert L. Chapman, the founding editor of the Dictionary of American Slang, was a professor of English at Drew University.
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Now on my desk - a 1983 Roget's Pocket Thesaurus, edited by Mawson, and Roget's International Thesaurus 7th edition (2010), edited by Kipfer. Thankfully, each has an index and preserves Peter Roget's schema of 'biological classification'. Each of these versions has its uses. I more often reach for my 1983 pocket edition because it's handy, literally. The Kipfer is also very good and clues one in to contemporary usage; but at five times the size. If you habitually care for words, there's no grief in having two or even three treasure troves. I also confess to having a Pocket Oxford American Thesaurus 2nd edition (alphabetic form); also truly useful but not truly pocket sized. You could lose yourself in any of the three, especially while writing the paper due in the morning.
If I were choosing just one thesaurus to get lost in, my 1983 would win. But combining two attributes - humanly pocket-sized and categorical schema - made for a long search. I waited several months before a never-used 1983 pocket text showed up for sale. You probably want a new thesaurus before old age ensues.
As to just one thesaurus, I suggest without hesitation the Kipfer Roget's International Thesaurus 7th edition. Buy a bigger book bag.
For those of you, like me until recently, may not be familiar with the “traditional” Roget format, let me briefly describe it as best I can. There are two parts to a traditional “Roget’s” thesaurus. Or perhaps three parts depending on how you figure. The essential two parts are the index of entries and the descriptive entries listed and identified by category words. The process works like this, first you look up the word you’re looking for in the index. When you have done that you are directed to an entry, or usually multiple entries in the description section, or the “thesaurus” proper. These entries are listed alphabetically by “category or concept” words. Often also in the index these entries are listed by the number combination that remind me a little bit of a Bible verse citation. When you get to descriptive entry, you’ll often find anywhere from a quarter page to a page and a half dedicated to your word, or more probably the concept or idea your word is supposed to be expressing.
At first this process may seem intimidating and unnecessarily convoluted. At least that’s what I thought before I ever figure it out how to use this kind of traditional thesaurus properly. Now I would say to that it is the preferable way to look up a word. Not by exact word but by the idea behind the word. This gives you many more synonyms and antonyms than even the best dictionary style list have would. While this is not literally accurate, it’s more like looking up an encyclopedia entry on the word you’re trying to examine, by this I mean your original word that you came there to look up. This method gives you a lot more information about subtle shades of meaning and therefore a much broader list of alternative possibilities to your word. You will also quickly discover whether or not you are even thinking of the right word for your purpose. You might find that the meaning you were thinking was attached to your word, wasn’t that attached to one of its relatives. Perhaps the meaning you are looking for is not connected to the adjective but rather to the adverb or something like that. Anyway the traditional Roget format opens up an entire slew of possibilities that an A to Z style thesaurus may not give you.
My point is that I now believe that this traditional Roget’s style thesaurus is much preferable to a dictionary style format. All of these traditional style thesauri, this “Roget’s international thesaurus” is simply the best. It is also surprisingly easy to use. This is mainly because the editor Barbara Kipfer took the time to compose a wonderful instruction section. She understands that most users will be like me familiar with the traditional format and takes you through it step by step. However she also includes a detailed lesson on how to read on how to read each entry. This invaluable and probably should be included in all upper-level thesauri and dictionaries as well. Eand dictionaries as well. If you purchased this you may find that this will soon become your go to thesaurus, especially if you consider yourself a serious writer. Now if you are a college or high school student who has to do some writing but not a lot, meaning that writing complex essays and papers about the bulk of what you are going to come they still may want to bypass this text. As it may be overkill. For those of you in this category I would recommend Roget’s 21st century thesaurus, also edited by Barbara Kipfer or, the Oxford American writers thesaurus. Which is a great thesaurus with a wealth of information, but which is in a much faster to use dictionary format. However once again, for serious writers I now think that this “Roget’s international thesaurus” is or will become indispensable. to you!
With Roget's, the words are classified according to subject matter. To find a word, you look it up in the index to find the different subjects it is listed under, giving you the various nuances of the word. It is not as difficult as it sounds and after you use it a few times you will wonder why all thesauri do not follow this pattern.
This seventh edition (the most recently updated version) contains 464,000 words and phrases which have been organized under categories according to their respective meanings. There is also a comprehensive index for ease of reference.
There are fifteen categories:
The Body and the Senses
Place and Change of Place
Measure and Shape
Behavior and the Will
Human Society and Institutions
Values and Ideals
Occupations and Crafts
Sports and Amusements
The Mind and Ideas
Science and Technology
I found this thesaurus easy to navigate (once you got used to the format), practical, as well as informative. It has proven to be an indispensable reference that helps me with my writing and language needs.