Originally published in 1978 by the founder of Rodale Press, The Synonym Finder continues to be a practical reference tool for every home and office.
Basically a thesaurus in dictionary form, The Synonym Finder does not include word definitions or pronunciation guides. Words are listed alphabetically, as they would be in a dictionary, and an exhaustive list of synonyms is given for each definition of every word. Clarifications such as "informal", "slang", "archaic", etc. are provided where appropriate. The Synonym Finder includes approximately 1.5 million words, counting variations on the same root word. That's more than 4 times the number of words in Roget's International Thesaurus.
If you simply want to find synonyms, this is the book for you. It it's not quite as versatile as a thesaurus that is organized by subject, but it's more to the point and much easier to use if you are simply looking for word alternatives. Roget's may be a better research tool, but this is a far more efficient synonym finder, and most students will probably prefer it to Roget's. Any writer will find it indispensable, and it would make great gift for middle school, high school, and college students.
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