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Written by writers for writers, this innovative thesaurus truly advances the time-honored word source. Some 25,000 word meanings and connotations are elucidated by means of more than 300,000 synonyms, 10,000 antonymns, 250 word notes written by noted authors, and generous listings of example sentences. Many special features, such as usage notes, w
Hardcover, 1088 pages
Published October 21st 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Taylor Collins
One of those books that I can't imagine living without. Several great writers contributed to the notes and the lists are invaluable when you need just the one thing you can't find otherwise. This one has several book marks in it - I'm one of those who actually bookmarks a dictionary - as poems in progress sometimes have to wait!

The assembled group of editors share interesting word notes making this resource fun to read on those days when you just need to absord. High on my list as anti-Alzheimer
Meghan Pinson
So smart. Shamelessly opinionated. My favorite quote (so far) is on the back of the book.

This is a puff-word. Since it does nothing that gold old "use" doesn't do, its extra letters and syllables don't make a writer seem smarter. Rather, using "utilize" makes you seem like either a pompous twit or someone so insecure that he'll use pointlessly big words in an attempt to look smart. The same is true for the noun "utilization," for "vehicle" as used for "car," for "residence" as used for "h
This should be at every writer's side. Along with serving the standard thesaurus duties, it injects reality into word usages that people use to attempt to sound smarter. It skewers jargon words like "utilize" and jargon phrases like "at the present time" to help writers become more efficient with the language. The explanations may be a little painful for some, but they are valuable lessons.

I especially enjoy a word spectrum feature that offers lists of words from one extreme meaning to the other
Heather Moss
Beautiful! I am partial to reference books and this one does not disappoint. I love the lists and usage notes. Excellent choice for any writer's or student's library.
Snobbery at its most refined.
Jan 03, 2008 Michel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who writes
A must for good writing.
JB Lynn
Thorough resource I keep on hand when I catch myself using the same words repeatedly. I also like the hard cover because it lies open better on my desk when I want to leave a certain page open for reference.
This is a valuable tool. It is better than a thesaurus for two reasons. 1) It features comments about words from all kinds of writers--the comments are helpful and entertaining. It also has these interesting synonym continuums for very commonly used words. Makes a great gift! Get one for yourself or a friend.
This was selected as an Outstanding Reference Source for 2005. For the complete list, go to
One of those invaluable tools for us writers. Much better than any online thesaurus. Do yourself a favor and pick one up, you won't regret it.
Kay Sterner
I use this reference book at work and I couldn't survive without it.
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