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  • Hardcover: 962 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756958598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756958596
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 5.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,584,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combining scholarly authority with a new awareness of today's communication demands, Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus is the simple, reliable way to find the perfect word for your needs. It features an easy-to-use dictionary format plus a revolutionary Concept Index that arranges words by idea, thus enhancing the user's process of association and leading to scores of additional selections. The inclusion of a wide spectrum of words and phrases with each entry-from sophisticated choices to completely new vocabulary in the language-brings users an exceptional number of alternatives to fit any variation of style and tone.
--Created by the highly respected Princeton Language Institute
--More word choices than any other thesaurus-OVER 1 MILLION WORDS!
--Concise definitions for each main entry
--A revolutionary Concept Index-arranged by idea, it mirrors the way we actually think!
--No obsolete terms-all synonyms and antonyms reflect modern usage

About the Author

Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D., is a lexicographer who has authored or compiled more than forty books, including the Dictionary of American Slang (with Robert L. Chapman), The Order of Things, Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary, and the bestselling 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. She received her doctorate in linguistics from England's University of Exeter.


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A thesaurus is an indispensable aid for writers - sometimes the right word is just on the tip of the tongue (or, more to the case, perhaps the tip of the finger), but refuses to come forward. Sometimes one has high praise for something, but doesn't want to use the word 'super' over and over again.
Roget's thesaurus has multiple styles of entries - main entries highlighted from the text, subentries that are very close relatives of the main entries, secondary entries that lead back to main entries cross-referenced, and variant spelling forms of words. For the main entries, there is a definition of dictionary variety before the synonyms are presented. Sometimes words have multiple meanings, and the synonym for one meaning might be inappropriate for another meaning, so the main entries break down these multiple pieces for ease of use.
Primary entries have definitions, usage examples, and synonyms; secondary entries lack the examples, and cross-reference to major entries. Homographs (words spelled the same way with different meanings) are also split into multiple entries based on this variation of meaning.
Roget's Thesaurus also uses standard dictionary labeling, so that one can identify the part of speech (noun, verb, etc.), as well as other identifying information (slang terms, informal, regional, etc.). Variations are very interesting to discover, as different words have meanings that go beyond their standard usage.
A thesaurus is a very valuable tool for those who wish to increase their vocabulary, as well as increase the richness of their spoken and written language in actual practice - it is not uncommon for one to know the words listed, but to have the presence of mind to use alternative words is another matter. Dipping into a thesaurus on an occasional basis yields rewards; plunging in on a regular basis will really enhance the command of the language.
There are few sources as adequate to the task as Roget's.
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Print was too small - otherwise ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars The easiest one to use of the bunch 29 Aug. 2001
By StevieQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've bought several thesauri over the years, including good ole Roget's International, but this one by Barbara Kipfer is by far my favorite because it strikes just the right balance between ease of use and comprehensiveness. Roget's International is undoubtedly the king still for comprehensiveness. Unfortunately, Roget's International is also the most onerous to use, so much so that I rarely ever touch it anymore. Other thesauruses on the market in dictionary format, such as Roget II or Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus, are very easy to use, but unfortunately they have few synonyms under each entry. This thesaurus by Kipfer, on the other hand, is just right. I give it five stars.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ocean of words I enjoy swimming in! 26 Jan. 2001
By M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Thesaurus" is Latin for "treasury", but all the editions that I came across in my long search of a good one had been anything but. They were either too bulky or too brief, severely abridged or arranged by concepts (!) with alphabetical index at the end. Looking for the right word in these circumstances caused me excruciating pain, both mental and physical. I was in great danger of being sucked in by a tornado of strange, confusing, irrelevant words.
Thankfully, I discovered this book. And what a treasury it is! The dictionary format, 450,000 entries, 1 million word results, a wonderful concept index on the back which shows how a word fits into a pool of similar ones - these are only some of the many highlights of this edition. Not only do I keep it by my side every time I sit down to write, but often look into it for pure pleasure, partaking of the wealth it stores.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest thesaurus ever! 28 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been searching for a good thesaurus for 10 years (no kidding). This is the best one I've ever found anywhere! Under the word "Run," there are 6 word usages, each with about 10-20 synonyms (other thesauruses have as few as 3 synonyms total). Easily navigable, great word listings. A fantastic reference tool.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best 2 Aug. 1999
By Spring Lea E. Henry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have always trusted Roget's as a thesaurus. This one is the best edition yet! The concept section at the back really helps when I can't think of a word but I know what it means. As a writer, I always want to have one of these nearby. As a librarian, I ordered one so all our patrons could enjoy it as well!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If we just get the meaning of words right 18 Dec. 2000
By Boris Bangemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
then the world will be well ordered, is what Confucius thought. This idea was so dear to his heart that he said the first thing he'd do if he were to rule a state was the rectification of words: "Let the ruler be ruler, the minister minister, the father father, and the son son".
Mr. Roget surely did not think the influence of his work would go that far. But his thesaurus, available now in the second edition of "Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus", is a very useful tool nevertheless. On over 950 pages it lists 20,000 words from ABACK (meaning "taken unawares", which is what I was when I found this treasure in the Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore for the equivalent of just 3 US Dollars) to ZOOM (meaning "move very quickly", which is absolutely not recommended when indulging in this book). As a decent thesaurus should do, the Roget gives you a 'meaning cluster' for every listed word. In addition, for every listed word there is a reference to the unique Concept Index at the end of the book. The Concept Index is an extension of the original idea of a thesaurus, which basically groups words according to idea. That is, the thesaurus leads you from a single word to a group of related synonyms. The Concept Index, on the other hand, shows you the semantic ocean in which the word floats. Or, to quote the editors: "The Concept Index not only helps writers to organize their ideas but leads them from those very ideas to the words that can best express them." (remember: "the rectification of words"). How does that work? The Concept Index is grouped in ten categories. One of my favorites is called "Fields of Human Activity". Under this category one finds the sub-category 'communicative', for example, which contains all the useful words for book reviews from 'abusive' to 'zany'.
If you love words, this is your book. If you want to have fun with words, this is your book, too: where else would you learn that the idea of a BUSINESSPERSON (concept no. 348, for those who want to look it up) contains not only the banker but also the cyberpunk?
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