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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus: In Dictionary Form

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus: In Dictionary Form

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by Barbara Ann Kipfer

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Combining scholarly authority with an 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


Combining scholarly authority with an 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)

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“EXCEPTIONAL...unique words and groupings...this source is a gem!” —Booklist

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Roget's is probably as popular a name for lending authority to thesauruses as Webster's is for dictionaries. Although this new version is not the direct descendant of the original, it follows the now-popular dictionary format for its 17,000 main entries ( abandon - zoom ) and provides other innovations as well. The part of speech, very brief definition, synonyms (over 450,000), and references to an 837-term Concept Index are indicated for each entry. Words in the Concept Index are arranged under categories, e.g., actions, causes, and objects, and assist in generating alternative word choices through meaning to word searches. Antonyms are not included, but synonyms representing nonstandard usage are noted. The lexicographer-author's selections reflect contemporary usage, gender sensitivity, and recently evolved words. This current and uncomplicated thesaurus is highly recommended for all libraries.-- Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
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Like "Webster", the name "Roget" is in the public domain and is used by many different publishers. "Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus" is approximately the same physical size as the new fifth edition of "Roget's International Thesaurus" ["RBB" O 1 92], but--unlike the traditional classified order of that work--it employs a hybrid arrangement. The bulk of "Roget's 21st" is in dictionary order like the "Random House Thesaurus College Edition" and "Webster's New Dictionary of Synonyms", but it also has a "Concept Index" that groups together main-entry words that share the same idea or property. This index has 10 broad concepts (e.g., actions, life forms, qualities) divided into 837 more specific topics Users of "Roget's 21st" who look up one of the 17,000 main entries in the A-Z section will find a short definition of the word, a lengthy list of alphabetically arranged undifferentiated synonyms, and cross-references to the "Concept Index," located at the back of the volume. At each numbered concept in this index, lists of related main-entry terms can be found. Users can then turn to each of these main entries to find other synonyms for the first word that have different nuances. For the user who will take the time to search each main entry referenced by the "Concept Index," this resource is a gem. For the person who wants to quickly narrow down a search for synonyms, the classified approach provided by "Roget's International" may be preferred Although the synonyms listed in both titles necessarily overlap, each has unique words and groupings. For example, "Roget's International" provides synonyms for "ear" as a body part; "Roget's 21st" does not. Through its "Concept Index," "Roget's 21st" provides such related colorful words for the main-entry "abase" as "crucify" and "nettle"; "Roget's International" provides synonyms that fall under the general senses of "humility" and "promotion/demotion". "Roget's International" provides a list of types of guns within the synonym lists for "arms"; "Roget's 21st" does not. Both titles seem to be equally up-to-date. For example, they include such modern concepts as "significant other", such slang as "get down" and "gnarly", and such scientific terms as "genetic" For people who want immediate access to specific words, "Roget's International" is probably going to continue as a first choice. For example, words and phrases such as "significant other", "RNA", and "all of a sudden" can be directly accessed through the alphabetical index at the back of "Roget's International"; they are not direct access points in the A-Z section of "Roget's 21st". Conversely, people who wish to browse will appreciate "Roget's 21st"'s "Concept Index," which provides access to words that may be less closely related to the original lookup. "Roget's 21st" claims approximately 38 percent more words (450,000 to "Roget's International"'s 325,000). The preface of "Roget's 21st" indicates that it uses fewer abbreviations and symbols than other recent thesauruses. Indeed, the only abbreviation used is for part of speech; an asterisk is employed to denote nonstandard usage. "Roget's International" uses 43 abbreviations to denote foreign or technical words; this information isn't found in "Roget's 21st". "Roget's 21st" provides brief definitions for all main entries; "Roget's International" occasionally provides quotations that help to define a word. Neither thesaurus provides antonyms The preface of "Roget's 21st" states that classified editions of "Roget's" bury synonyms and that "all to often, the right word remains elusive." For those who dislike a classified approach to word finding, this may be true; for others, "Roget's 21st"'s approach may cause the pitfall that it claims to eliminate. Ultimately, a writer's first choice of a thesaurus will depend upon personal preference. But since both of these inexpensive titles are exceptional, academic and public libraries should purchase both of them. Depending upon the student body, high school librarians might also consider acquiring both.

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Random House Publishing Group
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21st Century Reference Series
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.66(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Lexicographer Barbara Ann Kipfer holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil in linguistics from England's University of Exeter, and is a pioneer in electronic lexical systems. She has designed and assembled lexicographic references and conducted lexicographic researches for many clients. She is a member of the Dictionary Society of North America, the Association of Computational Linguistics, and the European Association for Lexicography.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus: In Dictionary Form 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Buzymom5 More than 1 year ago
This Book is very useful & outstanding helpful for any student,
College student or anyone that needs help from basic words to school,
or any other major studies for that matter. I highly recommend this useful
reference/Thesaurus book. I am very Satisfied my daughter using this book for college as well as for useful help in many, solutions in the world of reading & writing.

Thank you so much,
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Mrs. Rose Tintera
Bluemur More than 1 year ago
Same problem with this book as dictionary. Words you want to find cannot be easily searched and retrieved. Put in a word and you get dozens of places in the book that word was used but not the original entry. If you find the word by scrolling through a page at a time, Nook will take you to the same page next time you open it. If you are reading the Thesaurus through as a book inorder this will be great. Besides serious English majors in graduate school, I don't know if many people who who want that feature. Buy the hard copy instead of the Nook version of almosy any dictionary or Thesaurus!