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This new edition of the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is more exceptional than ever, solidifying its place as the one thesaurus every writer (or aspiring writer) will want to have.

This book provides more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, with copious real-life example sentences and careful selection and ordering of the most relevant synonyms. Additional features include notes on American English usage and word spectrums showing the shades of meaning between polar opposites. The text is enhanced with thoughtful mini-essays on favorite words by ten noted contemporary writers--David Auburn, Michael Dirda, David Lehman, Erin McKean, Stephin Merritt, Francine Prose, Zadie Smith, Jean Strouse, David Foster Wallace, and Simon Winchester.

This new edition has been updated and enhanced, including a new foreword by award-winning author Rick Moody. Additionally, the second edition introduces new Word Toolkits, which use an exciting visual display of information to demonstrate the nuances in meaning and use of closely related words. Also new to this edition is a center section including thematic word lists, as well as a comprehensive language guide with writing tips. The new features are based on findings from Oxford's groundbreaking language research program and the Oxford English Corpus.
The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is truly (surely, certainly, unquestionably) the perfect tool for discriminating writers of all varieties looking for the perfect word.

Praise for the first edition:

"The best new array of synonyms around."
--William Safire, The New York Times Magazine

"The 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

"Practice writing sharper essays with just the right words from the new Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus."-Parade

"A person looking up a word may continue reading for another 15 minutes or so just out of interestThis is probably the best thesaurus yet."--Desert News

"Written by writers for writers, this innovative thesaurus truly advances the time-honored word source."--American Libraries

"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.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal (Starred Review)

"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

"This very readable reference will help writers find the most precise word for their needs.... Current, thoughtful, and attractively formatted, this is an indispensable tool for writers."
--School Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Perhaps the thesaurus's most fascinating feature is lengthy lists of words that link opposites--fat and thin, comic and tragic, interesting and boring. With this book close at hand, no one will call you the thesaurus's ultimate synonym for writer: a hack."
--Village Voice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195342840
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1128
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.60 (d)

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Best money I've spent on a book in awhile.

    I looked for a long time to find a Thesaurus I liked, and found easy to look up things with a good number of words to choose from. This book gave me all I wanted and more, like word spectrum's, usage, choose the right word, ect. These are helpful little guides to help choosing the right word for your meaning. In the middle of the book is a section on Thematic lists like, Art, Furniture, and Windows. You might know what your thinking of, but forgot the exact word, and you might just find it in here like I did when my daughter asked me the names of the Accents. In the same respect you may have been brought up in one place, and now reside somewhere else, and have forgotten a particular word you use to use in your previous life, but now you can find it as long as it's not considered slang. In the back is a language guide covering, grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

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    Posted April 24, 2010

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    Refreshing! My new bible.

    The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus offers the creative a overabundant source of data to choose from. Much more accurate and fulfilling than a Roget's Thesaurus, this reviewer is wishing she had purchased one of these books eons ago! There is a plethora of information that has been obtained by Oxford with a multitude of uses for words provided along with the standard synonym or antonym.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 16, 2008

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Highly Recommended for all writers!

    I borrowed the First Edition from the library. I am a new writer working on a novel and as I looked for a synonym, I found that I could not put the book down. I decided I had to get my own. It was great to find the Second Edition which afforded me more information plus an American English language usage guide. I just had to have it. You got to check this out! The book has become a very necessary writing tool for me.

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