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The Penguin Dictionary of English Synonyms & Antonyms (Penguin reference) Paperback – 27 Feb 1992


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Rev Ed edition (27 Feb. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140511687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140511680
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DEPRAVED

Corrupt, immoral, debauched, demoralized, degenerate, dissolute, abandoned, licentious, profligate, perverted, warped, wicked, evil, vicious, sinful, shameless, wanton.

VIRTUOUS

MUDDLE

v, Confuse, mix up, jumble, scramble, disorder, disarrange, mess up.

Perplex, bewilder, confuse, confound, befuddle, stupefy.

n, Confusion, mix-up, jumble, disorder, disarray, mess, chaos. ORDER

Perplexity, bewilderment, confusion, stupefaction, daze, disorientation.

SENTENCE

n, Condemnation, judgment, ruling, decree, verdict, decision.

v, condemn, doom, penalize, pass judgment.

AQUIT

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Rosalind Fergusson has worked extensively as an editor, lexicographer and writer for over twenty years. Her previous publications include THE PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF PROVERBS, THE PENGUIN RHYMING DICTIONARY and CHOOSE YOUR BABY'S NAME. She is married and lives in Newington, nr Sittingbourne, Kent.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doc Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2012
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This dictionary does exactly what it says: it gives plenty of synonyms for English words, suggesting when they are informal in usage. Where it is less strong is on antonyms, usually offering one at the most. In this it is less thorough than ths slightly larger Oxford version which also has useful alphabetical marks down the side to make finding a word easier. The Penguin gives, for example, under "tight" fourteen synonyms for the usual sense and its opposite "loose", six for miserly with money and the opposite "generous", four more for the sense of sealed but no antonyms and five for the informal use meaning drunk with the opposite "sober". My guess is that most people want synonyms but, if that is not your case, I'd go for the Oxford.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fluffybunny on 29 May 2011
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I bought this book for a Hungarian friend who wants to improve her English; she has found it useful for expanding her vocabulary and I have also enjoyed browsing. I would recommend this book for anyone (English speaker or foreign learner)who wishes to enlarge their vocabulary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jamie Charteris on 12 Aug. 2013
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Useful and easy to use reference, good for quick referrals but you still need a thesaurus in your life. Yes you do. I live alone and often feel the need to argue with myself so this book is indispensable to me. Although sometimes it's dispensable. (You see, you do need a Thesaurus)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Annie B on 12 Jun. 2011
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Great book for helping me do my crosswords. Excellent price - and delivered promptly and free of charge by Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zakama on 25 Jun. 2013
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This is a great family resource. I bought this book to help with my poetry writing but my wife took possession of it to write her dissertation! The boys also find it very useful (one writes short stories, the other writes poetry). To avoid conflict over this very useful resource, I ordered for another copy.

I recommend this book to anyone who does any kind of writing! And that's practically everyone!
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If you want good-value trustworthy reference books, then the choice often comes down to Penguin and Oxford offerings. I have both their dictionaries of synonyms and antonyms and can't find much to choose between them. I just wish that Penguin would abandon their round-cornered binding format, which makes it unnecessarily difficult to cover the books in library film.
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By Amazon Customer on 5 Mar. 2015
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What's to say, this is a useful tool for any writer.
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By ms j flint on 28 July 2014
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Brilliant service. Book as described. Thank you
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