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Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: 150th Anniversary Edition [Hardcover]

Peter Roget , George W. Davidson
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Roget's Thesaurus is the world's most famous and trusted word-finder. First published in 1852 it has now sold over 32 million copies worldwide and has become the indispensable desk companion for generations of speakers and writers of English. Unlike most other thesauruses, it groups words thematically rather than in a straight A-Z sequence, thus offering the writer and speaker a much more creative and subtle means of finding new ways to express their thoughts: it is essential for anyone who wants to improve their command, creative use and enjoyment of English, and is perfect for composing speeches, or for writing all manner of prose and poetry. It remains, definitively, a writer's best friend.

Roget's Thesaurus is part of the Penguin Reference Library and draws on over 70 years of experience in bringing reliable, useful and clear information to millions of readers around the world - making knowledge everybody's property.

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  • Hardcover: 1296 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 150th Anniversary Ed "Roget's Thesaurus edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141004428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141004426
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 16.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The last edition sold over 45000 copies in hardback in the UK alone and more than 32 million copies have been sold since its first publication in 1852.

About the Author

George Davidson is a former senior editor with Chambers Harrap. In addition to writing dictionaries and thesauruses, he is the author of five books on English grammar, usage, spelling and vocabulary. He lives in Edinburgh.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Roget's Thesaurus 5 Aug 2009
I bought this copy after my old one literally fell to bits after years of constant use. The content is the same so it has the potential to provide one with a huge variety of different words and phrases in the same way my beloved previous copy did. However, I gave it two stars only as the print is SO small that I had to give up using it after five minutes. I would strongly recommend you buy an edition that you can acually SEE.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
It is rare to encounter such a well considered and helpful reference work. The thesaurus is based on the work of Peter Roget's original 1852 manuscript and is structured by six classes of word meanings which are later cross referenced in the index. This arrangement is useful for exploring ideas and is a great pleasure to use. The 150th Anniversary Edition includes new modern vocabulary and several interesting essays explaining the history, purpose and ideas behind the book. This item comes highly recommended as an excellent desk reference.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend updated 14 Feb 2010
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This edition replaced my battered 1962 version and is predictably much more comprehensive including many new words and phrases. Its layout is much clearer with better spacing but the format is essentially the same. The main innovation is the introduction of literary quotations and text boxes. The latter includes lists of cheeses, cocktails, wines and grapes, chemical elements and terms used in particle physics; all essential for crossword addicts. I am not sure of the value of "It is quite a three-pipe problem" (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) under 459 Enquiry but the quotes add interest to searches. Highly recommended.
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114 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and phrases 4 April 2003
This book is extremely useful to all - students, scholars and for general family use. It is easy to use and the thumb indexed edition is especially helpful for speeding up your search. I would recommend this book to anyone who does English or Journalism, or for anyone simply wishing to improve their range of vocabulary. This is the best thesaurus I have come across.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Before buying this I read several reviews, but missed a vital point. It is clearly well organised for assisting with speech or creative writing, but this makes it a bit tricky to navigate if all you really want is lists of alternative words.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for writing better English 14 Dec 2005
When my old Roget's wore out, I hesitated to buy another – aren't there free on-line services which do the same thing? Wrong. The Penguin Reference Roget's is infinitely superior to the on-line thesaurus services. By narrowing down the scope of the word you're looking for in the index (eg "tired" is subdivided into "inactive", "sleepy" or "fatigued") you rapidly reach exactly the synonyms or related words you're looking for. If you want to improve your English vocabulary and write with concision and style, the printed book remains unbeatable. It's also fun to browse, and makes a great gift.
Conclusion: after 150 years, still a powerful writing tool.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roget's thesaurus 14 April 2009
Decided to replace my 1970's edition of this and am delighted with new version, easy to use and full of useful phrases. Great for my crosswords when I need a little help!
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pig's Ear Don't Bother 30 April 2010
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Disappointing to bad update of Roget's magnificent work. The price of a few contemporary words (some already out of use) is the loss of swathes of older terms. The reason for removing words seems to be an ill-defined and inconsistent sense of obsolescence or 'old-fashionedness'; but the presence of such words alongside words in popular usage is one of the values of the thesauraus Roget created. Example: section 794, Merchant. WORDS REMOVED(compared to an older Roget): merchant prince, merchant venturer, liveryman, livery company, concern, slaver, slave trader, wholesale merchant, chandler, stock-jobber, share-pusher, company promoter, moneychanger, cambist, tradesfolk, regrater, storekeeper, monger, provision merchant, rag-and-bone man, itinerant tradesman, colporteur, chapman, cheapjack, coster, huckster, sutler, vivandiere. Some are obsolete (stock-jobber - just - and thankfully slave trader - the Society for the Abolition of Slavery would disagree)); some are historically important (merchant prince, merchant venturer); some are restricted in usage but still current (livery and the City of London}; some are simply no longer in current usage (chapman, sutler); some are barely out of usage (no rag-and-bone men but endless repeats of Steptoe and Son on satellite TV!); some are unusual now but definitely used (cheapjack, 'business' concern). But what about storekeeper (mostly American but common in some parts of Britain) and a 'ship's' chandler? The phrase 'chamber of commerce' has been replaced by 'room of commerce', not English at all and nonsense, a chamber of commerce is an association of local business people not a room where business is conducted. This sounds like the kind of gaffe only a non-native speaker or a computer could make - chamber = old-fashioned word for room! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable tool!
Has been a faithful helpmate through my professional years and also a fun companion in my spare time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lise Ørskov
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivery bang on time
I was truly delighted with the condition of the book when it arrived and for the price I doubt very much if it could be beaten anywhere.
Published 1 month ago by Derek Houghton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but trying on the eyes
Roget's is simply incomparable but this Penguin edition is not the easiest to read for those of use with worsening eyesight. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gareth Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine
Does what it says on the the cover, a great companion to a dictionary this is a must for everyone.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Ronald Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says
Worth the money -so much better than the online version, whioch is American and has nowhere near the depth or buances that this book has. Recommended
Published 4 months ago by Millie P
5.0 out of 5 stars Words no longer fail me!
Excellent price, second user book, as described in first class condition. I have used this supplier before and they always manage to come up quickly with the goods. Read more
Published 6 months ago by H Simmons "Bobbleissimmo"
4.0 out of 5 stars fine
It's just fine and what I expected to replace my very old dilapidated version. I have no doubt it will see a lot of use.
Published 6 months ago by Tim Venables
3.0 out of 5 stars Small print!
Bought as a gift, for avid crossword solvers, but decided to keep it myself, as the print is a bit small for them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nigel Tandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless thesauras
Bought to replace a 30 year + thesaurus, on,y because that one was falling apart.
I wonder if we will get 30 years use from this one...
Published 7 months ago by Christine Callanan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy thesaurus for my students to use.
I was mistaken in thinking that I could use this as a dictionary for synonyms. It is an excelled book when developing writing skills but I was mistaken in buying it to use with... Read more
Published 7 months ago by lizzie
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