The Cambridge Thesaurus of American English

The Cambridge Thesaurus of American English

by William D. Lutz, William D. Lutz
     
 

The Cambridge Thesaurus of American English is an original and up-to-date collection of over 200,000 synonyms and antonyms for the most commonly used words and phrases in contemporary American English. Compiled by renowned expert on American language use and author of Doublespeak, William Lutz, the Thesaurus is alphabetically arranged, and designed to give the user…  See more details below

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The Cambridge Thesaurus of American English is an original and up-to-date collection of over 200,000 synonyms and antonyms for the most commonly used words and phrases in contemporary American English. Compiled by renowned expert on American language use and author of Doublespeak, William Lutz, the Thesaurus is alphabetically arranged, and designed to give the user quick access to a coherent set of synonyms and antonyms. The Cambridge Thesaurus provides a brief list of common, usable synonyms organized according to their frequency of use and their meaning. In those cases where the distinction between senses of a word is not clear, a brief definition is provided. Any synonyms that are slang or that have restricted usage are clearly labeled to that effect. Concise and readable yet complete and reliable, The Cambridge Thesaurus will be the ideal desktop reference for high school and college students, office personnel, and anyone else in search of that perfect word.

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"...a welcome addition to the list of modern thesauruses and highly recommended for users who need a concise work that provides quick and easy access." Library Journal

"At last--a current thesaurus of American English that is both easy to use and appropriate for all levels....this work combines the more accessible dictionary arrangement with a clean typeface and uncluttered pages. The result is an excellent tool for quick reference...Highly recommended for all libraries." P.S. Thomas, Choice

"This is a good, concise thesaurus for the general reader, a ready-reference or telephone-reference service point, or an office. Given the price, it might even be a good circulating thesaurus since it is much more legible than the paperbound ones most libraries use. A useful purchase." Booklist

"Concise, easy to use, and presented in exceedingly readable type, the Cambridge Thesaurus is an original and up-to-date collection of some 200,000 synonyms and antonyms for the most commonly used words and phrases in contemporary American English." Book News, Inc.

"...a fine, practical reference...updated for modern audiences...an important and valuable reference which promises to educate new audiences with an easy-to-use format. Highly recommended." The Midwest Book Review

"Accessible to middle school students, but better for high school and the general adult public, it's a good, quick, albeit limited, source of synonyms." School Library Journal

"...libraries will find it a useful alternative to offer students and writers." American Reference Books Annual

"...this thesaurus stresses a careful selection of synonyms over the undifferentiated paragraphs of words, as typified by Peter Roget's original...may better limit the phenomenon of 'thesauritis' found in naive writing...a dependable and easy-to-use book with a pleasant, readable lay-out...proper for any library." Vivian Zenari, Feliciter

Library Journal
This concise and convenient thesaurus, edited by Lutz ( Double-Speak , HarperCollins, 1989), follows the trend of most modern thesauruses by employing an alphabetical arrangement in lieu of the traditional classified arrangement used in Roget's International Thesaurus (HarperCollins, 1992. 5th ed.). This new thesaurus is an original list with more than 200,000 synonyms and antonyms--exceeding the 100,000 words found in Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus (Merriam-Webster, 1988) and the 75,000 words found in Roget's II: The New Thesaurus (Houghton , 1988) . Yet it contains considerably fewer words than the 300,000 in Webster's New World Thesaurus (S. & S., 1985) and the 275,000 in Random House Thesaurus College Edition (Random, 1984). Cambridge is succinct, concentrating on idioms, verb phrases, and slang. Phrases are listed under the ``main'' word in the phrase. ``Play it by ear,'' for example, is found under the noun ear instead of the verb play . Unlike The Oxford Thesaurus American Edition (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1992), which employs both an alphabetical arrangement and an index for cross references, Cambridge follows a strict alphabetical arrangement. Although scholars will probably prefer using Roget's International for its comprehensive coverage, Cam bridge is a welcome addition to the list of modern thesauruses. Highly recommended for users who need a concise work that provides quick and easy access.-- Lois Cherepon, St. John's Univ. Lib., New York
Booknews
Concise, easy to use, and presented in exceedingly readable type, the Cambridge Thesaurus is an original and up-to-date collection of some 200,000 synonyms and antonyms for the most commonly used words and phrases in contemporary American English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The publicity material calls "The Cambridge Thesaurus of American English" "concise, easy-to-use, and presented in readable type." It is all of those things. Presented in dictionary format, it does not have an index as does "The Oxford Thesaurus: American Edition" ["RBB" D 1 92] "The Cambridge Thesaurus" contains fewer words than "Oxford" (about 200,000 compared with 275,000) or "Roget's International Thesaurus", fifth edition (325,000). In his introduction, editor Lutz explains that the synonyms "have been arranged to provide users with a broad selection of synonyms that adhere closely to the meaning of the entry word." Generally not more than 10 synonyms are provided for a word to "confine the entries to those synonyms that are appropriate and above all familiar and useful. Idioms and verb phrases are included both as entries and as synonyms, with special emphasis on current usage. While the slang usage of "chill" does not have its own entry, it does appear as a synonym in the entry "calm down". Where synonyms are slang, they identified as such. Informal and colloquial terms are not so labeled, which could be a problem in formal writing. The editor recommends checking a current dictionary when in doubt Entries are identified by part-of-speech abbreviation; words that can be more than one part of speech are listed separately. Arabic numerals separate synonym groups by meaning. A brief gloss in parentheses will identify the sense for each synonym group if it is not immediately clear. Some antonyms are given, to narrow the possible choices among synonyms and to help select the best synonym from among those given Lists of types of things--flowers, cheeses, dog breeds--are omitted. This also explains the absence of color terms, which are not easily interchangeable. "Green" as an adjective, however, does have synonyms that cover flourishing plants and immaturity This is a good, concise thesaurus for the general reader, a ready-reference or telephone-reference service point, or an office. Given the price, it might even be a good circulating thesaurus since it is much more legible than the paperbound ones most libraries use. A useful purchase.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521414272
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Pages:
515
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.14(d)

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