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Anyone looking to improve his or her vocabulary and anyone who loves words will be enthralled by this unique and impressive thesaurus that provides only the most unusual -- or is it recondite? --words for each entry.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 27th 1994 by Collins Reference
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Don Incognito
Aug 14, 2014 Don Incognito rated it did not like it
I started reading this seeking to boost my vocabulary, but am abandoning it. I'll use a different thesaurus, probably my Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus.

It's not a very good thesaurus, for the simple reason of poor accuracy. As far as I can tell, many of the synonyms match the referent word loosely at best.
Spectacles
Dec 29, 2015 Spectacles rated it liked it
Another reference book that I just bought this year for NaNoWriMo, along with its companion dictionary version. It's quite comprehensive, which I really like. I don't think I've ever owned my own thesaurus before, but this one should work quite well. Despite my comment on the dictionary version about the pretentious (or florid or magniloquent or grandiloquent, as found as synonyms inside) title, I think this book will be extremely helpful.
Mike
Mar 01, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
This is, of course, not a book to read "cover to cover" but it IS a very good resource for some more uncommon synonyms in English :-)

I was using it daily when I got the book.....I now only refer to it on occassion as I have increased my vocabulary since then
Andd Becker
Mar 14, 2013 Andd Becker rated it really liked it
The title is pretentious.
Study the book to quickly gather an arsenal of words. Have a dictionary nearby. Train yourself to look up each synonym to learn the exact meaning.
Kristen
Mar 25, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
This is really interesting and fun for all you word geeks out there.
Sara
Mar 28, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing
An awesome reference book for anyone that loves words.
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