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Universal Dictionary Hardcover – 8 Mar 1999


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 1752 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest; Revised edition edition (8 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0276424190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0276424199
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 18.5 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In addition to over 180,000 definitions and references, this fully revised and updated dictionary also contains a wealth of general information, mini-biographies of notable people, plus 129 maps.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic reference book for all especially trivia lovers.
I first came across this book in a friend's house, and saw it in use as it should be (as the ultimate reference book for that house). Many a dispute was resolved by reference to this great book. As an Oracle for 'all and sundry' especially 'Quiz Buffs', this book offers clear and concise information. The Reader's Digest Universal Dictionary is easy to use,and rewarding in it's scope and insights. A must have for all lovers of factual information.
One of the 'Best Sources' for practical/useful information.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Beaver on 27 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although this is rather an aging book on the shelves, it will never gather dust as it is in daily use. Whether one wants to spell 'psittacosis' or 'psoriasis', discover the meaning of 'googolplex' or 'gnotobiotics', the derivation of 'coach' (Hungarian) or 'cockroach' (Spanish) or discover the important details of the life of Vyacheslav Mikhallovich Molotov or Sir Oswald Mosley, then this is the ideal book. Apart from some of the political geography entries appearing rather dated now, there is nothing detrimental (definition and derivation on p426) that I can state.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By granho on 3 Jan 2014
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This dictionary, although printed several years ago, is almost an encyclopedia and ranges from everyday words to geographical names, historical persons, authors, inventors etc. In other words a mine of information so useful for crossword solvers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Fitzgerald on 24 Dec 2013
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I have been trying for several years to get a copy of this dictionary which is now out of print. I was delighted to find one at last and at such a ridiculously low price. Although used, there is hardly a mark
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Shenton on 3 Aug 2013
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Having had a copy of this dictionary which was sadly worn out, I was pleased to be able to virtually renew it at the touch of a button. Very happy with the purchase and gthe service.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By muffytel on 31 July 2013
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Good alround dictionary - was bought as a gift for my parents to replace a much thumbed tome - not quite what they wanted, but good nevertheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mervyne Dalton on 8 July 2013
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This is a great replacement for my original, and am very pleased with it. The despatch service was excellent , and very quick after order was given.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anton on 13 Jun 2013
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The book was in good condition and prompt service from the bookseller: However, the book now is rather dated and the style of the text is difficult to follow. It's before Dictionaries used 'two colour' text, Headword and Definition of the Word, to aid understanding and clarity, and build up one's knowledge base of vocabulary. That said, it's useful for Reference and for doing for example, Crosswords and the like.
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