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Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus

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by Christine Lindberg, Erin McKean
     
 

This brand new thesaurus from Oxford, the most trusted name in reference, is the first to be developed by writers, for writers.

In addition to the more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms found in the thesaurus, each of our distinguished editorial board members (including David Auburn, Michael Dirda, David Lehman, Stephin Merritt, Francine Prose, Zadie

Overview

This brand new thesaurus from Oxford, the most trusted name in reference, is the first to be developed by writers, for writers.

In addition to the more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms found in the thesaurus, each of our distinguished editorial board members (including David Auburn, Michael Dirda, David Lehman, Stephin Merritt, Francine Prose, Zadie Smith, Jean Strouse, David Foster Wallace, and Simon Winchester) has contributed frank, funny, thoughtful, and, most of all, word-wise mini-essays on words that they particularly love, hate, admire, or are just plain puzzled by.

Even more helpful for writers in search of the perfect word, this new thesaurus contains nearly two hundred word banks, collections of nouns to add exact detail to your writing. (Was it just bread, or was it chapatti, rye, dal, or pita?) Brand-new word spectrums show where your word falls in a line between two polar opposites (passable is three-quarters of the way from beautiful to ugly).

Other features include quick guides to easily confused words; helpful, real-world usage guidance to tricky sticking points of grammar and word choice; and careful, expert distinctions among awkward synonyms.
All Oxford American dictionaries use an easy-to-use respelling system to show how entries are pronounced. It uses simple, familiar markings to represent common American English sounds.
The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus will unlock the power of language and is certain to be the thesaurus that stays on the desk—and stays open.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...the best new array of synonyms around."—William Safire, The New York Times Magazine

"To help today's writers in the "grail-quest" for the true word, the folks at Oxford have come up with a title that breathes fresh life into a genre very much in need of CPR. This work breaks away from the traditional format of simple lists of synonyms and antonyms by offering a number of ingenious and helpful features set within boxes in the text.... Bottom Line Although loaded with special features, this thesaurus doesn't undermine its more traditional duties. Under a generous 25,000 headwords, it lists 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms in usefully laid-out entries. Highly recommended."—Library Journal STARRED REVIEW!

"Anyone who writes for a living knows how valuable a good thesaurus can be in finding the exact words to express a variety of thoughts - and this book has more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms from which to choose. Arranged alphabetically, it includes example sentences and distinctions from the most commonly used words....The only drawback to this book is that a person looking up a word may continue reading for another 15 minutes or so just out of interest.
This is probably the best thesaurus yet."—Deseret News

"In the jargon of sportscasters The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is a triple threat: It's a freshly conceived guide to finding just the right word, it's published by the greatest name in English reference books, and it offers thoughtful, amusing and provocative mini-essays on 240 favorite words by nine distinguished contemporary writers.—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize winning critic and longtime journalist for The Washington Post

"Oxford also scores high for its new The Oxford Writer's Thesaurus ($40), which employed the skills of several contributing editors. This guide is a tribute to the precisions of the English language, listing more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms. Of special interest are the interspersed notes of the editors, who expound on nuances and crotchetsThe only problem in consulting this book could be that the original purpose soon is lost while the reader becomes immersed in one fascinating passage after another." —Richmond Times Dispatch

Richmond Times Dispatch
Oxford also scores high for its new The Oxford Writer's Thesaurus ($40), which employed the skills of several contributing editors. This guide is a tribute to the precisions of the English language, listing more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms. Of special interest are the interspersed notes of the editors, who expound on nuances and crotchetsThe only problem in consulting this book could be that the original purpose soon is lost while the reader becomes immersed in one fascinating passage after another.
Library Journal
In his lively introduction to this fine reference tool, writer Richard Goodman reminds us of the central importance of word choice in writing, providing strong examples of the transforming power of just the right word. To help today's writers in the "grail-quest" for the true word, the folks at Oxford have come up with a title that breathes fresh life into a genre very much in need of CPR. This work breaks away from the traditional format of simple lists of synonyms and antonyms by offering a number of ingenious and helpful features set within boxes in the text. These include, for example, little articles written by the likes of Zadie Smith and David Foster Wallace on a particular word's usage and current context, essays showing fine distinctions in the meaning among related words, long chains of near synonyms that show the shadings of meaning between a word and its opposite, such as now and later, forbid and permit, and much more. Bottom Line Although loaded with special features, this thesaurus doesn't undermine its more traditional duties. Under a generous 25,000 headwords, it lists 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms in usefully laid-out entries. Highly recommended.-Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This very readable reference will help writers find the most precise word for their needs. Word entries include synonyms and antonyms, sample sentences, parts of speech, phrases, and cross-references-all labeled and easily distinguishable by bold, capitalized, or italicized font. A variety of editors have contributed "word notes," for meaning and usage, such as distinguishing between "ethical" and "moral" and "virtuous" and "honorable," or when to use "who" and "whom." These mini-essays are conversational in tone and provide nuances that writers will appreciate when struggling to put a word into the proper context. "Word spectrums" is a unique feature that starts with a word such as "frank," then offers a list of terms leading by progression to its polar opposite, in this case, "evasive." A number of inset boxes list specific words for types of dances, coffees, leathers, fish, and more. The back of the thesaurus contains a lengthy "Language Guide," consisting of grammar and punctuation rules, lists of commonly misspelled words, clich s to avoid, and redundant expressions. A dozen "Writing Prompts" include questions with universal appeal, such as "What's the best breakfast you've ever had?" and "Who was the first person you ever hated? loved?" Current, thoughtful, and attractively formatted, this is an indispensable tool for writers.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195170764
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
1128
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 2.00(d)

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Michael Dirda
In the jargon of sportscasters The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is a triple threat: It's a freshly conceived guide to finding just the right word, it's published by the greatest name in English reference books, and it offers thoughtful, amusing and provocative mini-essays on 240 favorite words by nine distinguished contemporary writers. (Pulitzer Prize winning critic and longtime journalist for The Washington Post)

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Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i Got this for a friend whos a poet and she loves it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Writer's Thesaurus because it helps me find words not only like a normal thesaurus, but also because it has helpful, though sporadic, features like 'Word Notes' (give perspective on a particular word or usage), 'The Right Word' (shows fine distinction in meaning of closely related synonyms), 'Easily Confused Words' (notes clear up confusion, like censor and sensure or founder and flounder), 'Usage Notes' (additional guidance on the finer points of English usage), 'Word Spectrums' (shows shadings of meaning between antonyms such as success and failure or rude and polite), and 'Word Banks' (tables organized by category, covering different topics including Hairstyles, Amphibians, and Gods and Goddesses). It's a big help to me for poems, homework, essays, and stories, but it is great for nearly any form of writing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book contains an interesting and helpful essay 'In Search of the Exact Word', however as a thesaurus it falls far short, and is considerably less complete and comprehensive than I was led to expect. A far better choice with considerably more words and categories to offer is 'The Original Rogets Thesaurus' sixth edition, edited by Barbara Ann Kifer, Ph.D.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'This is a writer's jewel; a harbor for the word searcher and a meaty delight to those looking for just the right word.'