Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus

Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus

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Overview


Much more than a word list, the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is a browsable source of inspiration as well as an authoritative guide to selecting and using vocabulary. This essential guide for writers provides real-life example sentences and a careful selection of the most relevant synonyms, as well as new usage notes, hints for choosing between similar words, a Word Finder section organized by subject, and a comprehensive language guide. The text is also peppered with thought-provoking reflections on favorite (and not-so-favorite) words by noted contemporary writers, including Joshua Ferris, Francine Prose, David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, and Simon Winchester, many newly commissioned for this edition.
The third edition revises and updates this innovative reference, adding hundreds of new words, senses, and phrases to its more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms. New features in this edition include over 200 literary and humorous quotations highlighting notable usages of words, and a revised graphical word toolkit feature showing common word combinations based on evidence in the Oxford Corpus. There is also a new introduction by noted language commentator Ben Zimmer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199829927
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/24/2012
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 1128
Sales rank: 166,425
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.90(d)

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Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
MaatAmberWolf More than 1 year ago
I looked for a long time to find a Thesaurus I liked, and found easy to look up things with a good number of words to choose from. This book gave me all I wanted and more, like word spectrum's, usage, choose the right word, ect. These are helpful little guides to help choosing the right word for your meaning. In the middle of the book is a section on Thematic lists like, Art, Furniture, and Windows. You might know what your thinking of, but forgot the exact word, and you might just find it in here like I did when my daughter asked me the names of the Accents. In the same respect you may have been brought up in one place, and now reside somewhere else, and have forgotten a particular word you use to use in your previous life, but now you can find it as long as it's not considered slang. In the back is a language guide covering, grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus offers the creative a overabundant source of data to choose from. Much more accurate and fulfilling than a Roget's Thesaurus, this reviewer is wishing she had purchased one of these books eons ago! There is a plethora of information that has been obtained by Oxford with a multitude of uses for words provided along with the standard synonym or antonym.
Jozie More than 1 year ago
I borrowed the First Edition from the library. I am a new writer working on a novel and as I looked for a synonym, I found that I could not put the book down. I decided I had to get my own. It was great to find the Second Edition which afforded me more information plus an American English language usage guide. I just had to have it. You got to check this out! The book has become a very necessary writing tool for me.
ChuckB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This thesaurus includes the occasional word bank (not as many as Word Menu, but that's not its primary feature). My favourite EXTRA in this text is the WORD SPECTRUM feature--chains of near-synonyms intended to show shades of meaning. LOVE IT!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i Got this for a friend whos a poet and she loves it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Writer's Thesaurus because it helps me find words not only like a normal thesaurus, but also because it has helpful, though sporadic, features like 'Word Notes' (give perspective on a particular word or usage), 'The Right Word' (shows fine distinction in meaning of closely related synonyms), 'Easily Confused Words' (notes clear up confusion, like censor and sensure or founder and flounder), 'Usage Notes' (additional guidance on the finer points of English usage), 'Word Spectrums' (shows shadings of meaning between antonyms such as success and failure or rude and polite), and 'Word Banks' (tables organized by category, covering different topics including Hairstyles, Amphibians, and Gods and Goddesses). It's a big help to me for poems, homework, essays, and stories, but it is great for nearly any form of writing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book contains an interesting and helpful essay 'In Search of the Exact Word', however as a thesaurus it falls far short, and is considerably less complete and comprehensive than I was led to expect. A far better choice with considerably more words and categories to offer is 'The Original Rogets Thesaurus' sixth edition, edited by Barbara Ann Kifer, Ph.D.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'This is a writer's jewel; a harbor for the word searcher and a meaty delight to those looking for just the right word.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it.