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American Heritage College Thesaurus Hardcover – Aug 2004

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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Academic) (Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618402195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618402199
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,546,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Organised in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format, The American Heritage[registered] College Thesaurus provides a wide range of synonyms, ranging from mainstream vocabulary to the colourful alternatives that make English such a rich and versatile language. Thousands of slang, informal, and regional words broaden the coverage even further, always clearly labelled to ensure that the writer chooses the right word for the right context. Each synonym list focuses on a clear definition that quickly orients the user to the relevant meaning. To increase the number of synonyms available to the reader, words with related meanings show cross-references to one another. As additional support, hundreds of Core Synonym Paragraphs explain the different nuances in meaning of some of the most basic and important synonyms in English. Each paragraph includes a carefully written example sentence for every synonym discussed or a pertinent quotation from a well-known author. No other thesaurus on the market offers as much help in distinguishing shades of meaning and illustrating appropriate usage.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Favorite Linguistic Companion for an Amazon Vine Voice 21 Nov. 2008
By Didaskalex - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Why use a Thesaurus?
A thesaurus is a book of synonyms. A synonym is a word that has the same, or nearly the same, meaning as another word. When we write, we sometimes use the same words repeatedly, or use boring words when more exciting words would make the writing more interesting. So, using a thesaurus can help us make our writing more exciting, when finding the right word for the occasion. It is true that using a Thesaurus could be risky, if the user does not appreciate the historical literary richness and diversity of the English language. Other than glossary making, and vocabulary enrichment, some non traditional uses of a thesaurus are as quiz builder, an Anagram Solver, even a crossword puzzle helper.

A Thesaurus Adventure:
Accordingly, in spite of an elaborate reference bookshelf I have at the tip of my fingers, I walked to the near bye World class Borders Bookshop, in order to fortify my grasp of the English language, especially after becoming an Amazon Vine Voice, I decided to stop being a boring reviewer, and repetitive guide writer. After examination of the Houghton Mifflin gem, I concluded it will help me in selection of Synonyms, clearly and precisely defined, with a cross reference that fortifies my English vocabulary, by allowing aa search in a broader way.

American Heritage College Thesaurus:
This is a new addition to the American Heritage English usage books. Organized in an easy-to-use alphabetical format, The American Heritage College Thesaurus provides a wide range of synonyms, with colorful alternatives that make English richer and more versatile language. Each synonym list gives a clear definition to quickly directs the user to the relevant meaning. Words with related meanings show cross-references to one another, which increases the number of synonyms available to the searcher. With hundreds of Core Synonym Paragraphs including a clearly written model sentence for every synonym discussed, with a pertinent quotation from literary authors.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One of the two best thesuaruses for business writers 15 Mar. 2005
By Dr. Kenneth W. Davis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Using a thesaurus is risky. It can help you find a word you know but have forgotten. However, it can hurt you by suggesting a word that isn't appropriate or effective for your specific need. This is one of my two favorites. It's on the short list of recommended resources in my book The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course in Business Writing and Communication.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
You will find some entries and definitions exclusively in this book 1 April 2007
By Phoenix Ikki - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Its coverage contains a wide range of words and terms. You will find some entries and definitions exclusively in this book. Thumb index is also included. Highly recommend!
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A basic tool for anyone who writes 11 Jan. 2014
By Raphael Dorr - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you write for fun or professionally, two books you must own are a good dictionary and a good thesaurus. A good thesaurus will increase your vocabulary and expand your ability to create subtle nuances in your writing that may have been missing heretofore. I'm particularly fond of this thesaurus for following reasons. It has a bright white paper stock, a very legible font style and size for easy reading. You may ask why do I need the two books I just mentioned if I have a computer that has both of these resources? What happens when the Internet is down, or you're writing something when you don't have access to a computer? Nothing will ever replace having ink on paper if our wonderful digital world crashes or is unavailable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must have! 14 Sept. 2010
By eehno65 - Published on
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The American Heritage College Thesaurus, First Edition
This is just a wonderful book with so many helpful words. In today's world, it is nice to have an actual book to refer to if you are stuck rather then depending on the internet for simply everything. It is a MUST HAVE for everyone.
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