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The Synonym Finder

4.57  ·  Rating Details ·  426 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Containing over 1 million synonyms, this is the largest, most comprehensive Thesaurus in print. Simple alphabetical arrangement no separate index necessary. Separate subdivisions for 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 l ...more
Paperback, 1361 pages
Published August 1st 1986 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1958)
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Apr 26, 2017 Michael rated it it was amazing
Maybe it's odd to review a thesaurus, but this really is the best, by far. I mean, sure, it starts off slow, and there's dull patch around "P" and "Q", but then it really picks up its pace. And the ending? Wow. I never saw it coming.
Sep 05, 2016 Franky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing, resource
This is a great resource for high school and college students, writers in general, or anyone who is in a composition class of some type. What I like best about this thesaurus is that it is very comprehensive. There are many synonyms given for the words, and the choices are highly effective. This book is also very useful as simply a way to increase one's vocabulary and knowledge of words. To use stronger, more sophisticated language in writing is key to success, and The Synonym Finder will help s ...more
Mona Nomura
Jan 29, 2015 Mona Nomura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It may seem peculiar to review a thesaurus but, this is not just any thesaurus. J.I. Rodale's The Synonym Finder is magic on paper. There are tens of alternate word choices for almost every common word in the English language. The choices are so extraordinary it even serves as inspiration. This, is a must have for all who read and write. It's my best friend.
Esther Bradley-detally
Dec 21, 2011 Esther Bradley-detally rated it it was amazing
I don't use a Thesauras, and I suspect that is because I've been such a greedy reader, an ocean of words lives within my psyche and words spring up like wales larking in the ocean. I dunno, but a friend's husband (she is a writer) gave her The Synonym Finder, and it is fantastic. I will user it in teaching writing. I ordered one from Alibris Books on line, and this is a great site. Shipping is 3.95, and some books go as low as 99 cents.

So this is my year end's contribution to books that work for
May 06, 2017 Hannah rated it it was amazing
If you ever have trouble thinking of the right word, it's right here! It also has antonyms listed. The layout is easy to use and more intuitive than a regular thesaurus.
Apr 08, 2013 Wade rated it it was amazing
I have used this book almost daily since the early eighties. For many years I had two shelves of thesauri and dictionaries above the desk; gradually, I narrowed that down to a few dictionaries and one thesaurus, this one. I happened to see the following review online recently and copy it here because i can't say it any better.

"This is the best thesaurus there is. It supplies more synonyms, analogs, parallels, equivalents and comparable words in English than any other source, online or off. No o
Jul 13, 2010 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writer-reads, 2010
This thesaurus contains nearly fourteen hundred pages and a million and a half synonymous words. It is laid out in an easy to use format so the one word you’re looking for can be found quickly. Used in conjunction with a good dictionary, you should be able to use words in a way that readers can understand and enjoy.

This is one resource I would recommend for anyone serious about working with language, and should be a staple of every reference library. It is a comprehensive compilation of English
Jun 26, 2009 Evan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best organized and fulsome thesaurus ever. But what is it about thesauri that make them useless to me when I am seeking that very precise word? Nine times out of ten I still don't quite find the word that has the subtlety and precision I want, yet I just know that it's out there. Most of the entries are ten-gallon words you wouldn't use in a million years unless you just wanted to look like a pompous ass. Maybe I need to make up my own.
Nov 06, 2014 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh if you want, but this is by far the most cherished book I own. I use it almost every day for freelance writing, poetry, short stories, novels, articles, blogs, etc. I love some of the more arcane synonyms and phrases for common words, and just flipping through randomly is fun for a word nerd like me. Plus it's heavy enough you could kill a grizzly with it, should you have the need. A must own.
Jul 16, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
This is the definitive thesaurus. It has synonyms for just about any word you might be looking for. And under words with multiple meanings there are subdivisions of synonyms for each different meaning. A great book for anyone who loves the English language (or anyone who can't quite find the word he or she is looking for).
Apr 23, 2008 Nathan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Students, Business Professionals
Shelves: reference
This book is the best thesaurus, or book of words and their synonym's, that I have ever used. I not only used it when writing papers in college, but I continue to use it when writing business correspondence. This book is a great addition to anyone's reference library that is involved in written communication.
Feb 27, 2010 Sandy rated it it was amazing
I gave this terrific book to my brother, the journalist. He decided it has been so useful to him that he credited it in his recent book, "Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal". I thought that was pretty cool and thank Rodale for writing it and my friend Tom for first introducing me to it!
May 21, 2007 Cat rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This is the best book I've ever read. I've never had a thesarus, aside from the mandatory pocket thesaurus of middle school and high school, and let me tell you, I never knew what I was missing (a whole lot, apparently.) It's like having a cross-listed appendix of your dictionary.
Feb 18, 2013 Rachel marked it as to-read
Shelves: writing
With a simple alphabetical arrangement this book has been expanded to include thousands of new words and expressions that have entered the language in recent years, and includes clearly labelled slang and informal words and expressions.
Judith Kohnen
May 19, 2014 Judith Kohnen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must in your writing library! This book will not only provide you with a wide variety of words to use in all your writing, but will help you find “just the right word” to use. This book can also serve as a wonderful source for inspiration.
Aug 09, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
This is the best thesaurus I own.
John Lee
Mar 09, 2014 John Lee rated it it was amazing
I'm shocked the cover hasn't fallen off of this book yet; I use it constantly. Excellent resource.
Louise Rose-Innes
Jul 20, 2012 Louise Rose-Innes rated it it was amazing
Very, very, very useful. Like a thesaurus, but only better.
Jul 12, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: writers
This is a great thesaurus. Thick and comprehensive!
Nov 18, 2010 Calico rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-writing, reference
The most complete and accessible thesaurus I've ever used.
Sep 11, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
The quintessential thesaurus for anyone who writes.
Mar 15, 2011 Jennifer marked it as to-read
This is a very helpful book, and I've made considerable use of it.
Aug 08, 2012 Bubba rated it it was amazing
I use it when i write.
Jan 11, 2010 Elise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
No writer should be without this book. My aunt gave it to me when I went to college, and I've used it on every document I've written for school or work.
May 13, 2008 Catherine rated it it was amazing
seriously, probably *the* most useful book I own.
Nov 23, 2009 Gretchen rated it really liked it
Recommended to Gretchen by: Tom at Lippincott
This is just a sweet reference text; the easiest-to-use thesaurus out there.
Apr 28, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantastic writer resource.
Margaret Metz
Apr 23, 2010 Margaret Metz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference, writing
This is the best thesaurus I've ever used. I enjoy using it and only wish I'd found it sooner.
Avis Black
Jun 24, 2008 Avis Black rated it it was amazing
My regular thesaurus and the best I've ever found.
May 29, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, writing, poetry
I use this when writing songs. Granted, there are online synonym finders, but there's something about paper...
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