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Oxford Compact Thesaurus [Hardcover]

Oxford Dictionaries , Lucy Hollingworth , Duncan Marshall
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23 Jun 2005
Both authoritative and easy to use, this major new edition of the Compact Oxford Thesaurus offers up-to-date coverage of over 300,000 alternative and opposite words, with thousands more examples of real usage to help you identify the synonym you need. Based on the unrivalled databases of Oxford's language research programme, it provides the best selections of alternative words for you to choose from. The most useful alternative words are listed first, and the closest is highlighted for maximum accessibility, making the thesaurus quick and easy to use. Besides synonyms, the Compact Oxford Thesaurus also gives you opposites and brand-new Word Link panels to broaden your vocabulary e.g.geriatric at old. Also new to this edition are a more clear and open layout and a two-colour text design which makes the thesaurus even more accessible. In addition, the brand-new Essential English centre section gives you lots of help on improving your writing skills, and guidance to help you get the best out of the thesaurus. The Compact Oxford Thesaurus is perfect for anyone who wants to increase their vocabulary and write more effectively, as well as for word games. Its robust and durable format makes it ideal for use at home, school, and the office.

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  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (23 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198610300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198610304
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.8 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,366,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted 14 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm delighted with this excellent thesaurus. Having only used it for a few of days now I wonder how on earth I ever managed to get by without one. Only a couple of days ago I was composing an email to a Sat Nav company regarding customer service issues. I wanted to convey my "disappointment" with the customer services team, but felt I wanted a word that was a little bit edgier to reflect my feelings better. A quick turn of the thesaurus pages nailed it by revealing "Frustrated" as an alternative - sorted !

I have used online thesaurus's before but have found having a book to hand a far more satisfying experience. I put this down to the absence of advertising and other such web page irrelevancies. Besides that, a book tends to lend itself better to casual browsing and feels just a little bit more scholarly. The book is a very good size for keeping close to hand in the home or workplace. It comes with a very easy to understand user guide and includes a rather excellent "Effective English" guide in the center of the book. I have found this guide to be very useful as my English skills are at best rusty. Placing this guide in the middle of the Thesaurus as opposed to the front or back is a fantastic idea as it encourages its use. I am sure I won't be the only person reminding myself what an adjective is!

The version I have and which this review is about is the Oxford Compact Thesaurus 3rd edition from 2005. At the time of purchase there were plenty of Amazon traders selling brand new copies of the older 2005 revision for a penny. That is 2.81 (at time of writing) including delivery which I think represents fantastic value for money.

NOTE - An updated 2008 revised version can be found here:Compact Oxford Thesaurus: Third edition revised
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and compact 7 Jun 2010
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Very nice compact thesaurus that can sit aside perfectly to any leather bound book in your library.
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