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The Synonym Finder Paperback – August 1, 1986
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The Last Word in Thesauruses
-- 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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In addition I had to buy it printed and now it is so much easier to use it. This book is beyond all my expectations. If earlier I could look at the list of synonims from any source and no one was fitted properly, then using this book I look at this variety and do not know which one to choose, the more I read, the more suitable is next choice. The book is just amazing!
Obviously, that dull analytical side needs to kick it up notch and one of the best ways that I know how to add verbal spice to that artistic gumbo is to flip open my well-worn copy of J.I Rodale's "The Synonym Finder."
Sadly, as I did not have the foresight to purchase this approximately 1400 page word fest in hardback, the once smooth and blemish-free cover of my copy has since creased and folded many times over, adding nothing to its beauty but detracting little from its immense and efficient functionality. A word to the wise: do buy this tome with the intention of keeping it on your shelves for a lifetime.
Using the book cannot be any easier. Written like a dictionary, each word is arranged alphabetically with all the appropriate parts of speech included under a single headword. Unlike Roget's, no complicated system of themes clouds the writer's simple need to find another more exact word to fit his/her specific thought process. Numerical sub-listings of each word indicate different definitions and semantic groupings while usage and technical labels like "slang", "informal", "nautical or "chemistry" are indicated with the appropriate italicized label.
What really sets this volume apart from other synonym dictionaries is the wealth of choices available for each word. The word "childlike" includes 37 different words and phrases that just might be that one special term that changes your sentence from mediocre to cutting edge.
Highly recommended to all who write and are tired of the usual gamut of word substitutes offered by your word processing program or a standard thesaurus.
Diana F. Von Behren
I have come across a few isolated instances where The Synonym Finder is lacking a useful synonym, such as for the verb "teach." Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus offers about 21 synonyms, among which is "illuminate." That's a nice one, and The Synonym Finder doesn't have it. However, The Synonym Finder has a total of *65* synonyms, among them "enlighten". So you be the judge.
Moreover, for "teacher", Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus offers about 21 synonyms. The Synonym Finder has about 70. Further, The Synonym Finder has main entries for "teachable" and "teaching", which the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus does not have at all. These disproportionate ratios persist across other entries as well.
So if it's completeness you're looking for, look no further. The Synonym Finder is the one.
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