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The Synonym Finder [Hardcover]

J. I. Rodale
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Aug. 15 1958
Originally published in 1978 by the founder of Rodale Press, The Synonym Finder continues to be a practical reference tool for every home and office.

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"A splendid tool for writers."--Irving Stone

"I shall use it constantly."--Phyllis A. Whitney

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"The Synonym Finder" is a thesaurus in dictionary form. There are no word definitions or pronunciation guides. Words are listed alphabetically, as they would be in a dictionary, and an exhaustive list of synonyms is given for each definition of every word. Clarifications such as "informal", "slang", "archaic", etc. are provided where appropriate. There are 1.5 million words in "The Synonym Finder", including variations on the same root word. That's more than 4 times the number of words in "Roget's International Thesaurus". If you simply want to find synonyms, this is the book for you. It isn't as versatile as a thesaurus that is organized by subject, but it's more to the point and easier to use if you are simply looking for word alternatives. Roget's is a better research tool, but this is a better and far more efficient synonym finder, and I think that students will prefer it to Roget's. My one pet peeve about the book is that the hardback edition doesn't have a dust jacket. The publisher may have thought a dust jacket would just be a nuisance on a reference book, but I would have preferred one for protection. I only wish "The Synonym Finder" were also available as software, as I have limited space for books within arm's reach of my computer. I use "The Synonym Finder" more frequently than my dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, and Random House Word Menu combined. I think any writer will find it indispensable, and it would make great gift for middle school, high school, and college students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I inherited my copy from my dad, who was a playwright - and I find it invaluable for my own writing - prose as well as songs. The Synonym Finder is without peer: unequalled, matchless, unparalleled, unsurpassed, second to none, unrivaled, incomparable, superlative, inimitable, paramount, supreme, preeminent, consummate, first-class, A Number One, PERFECT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Aug. 8 2013
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This book is wonderful, easy to navigate, plenty of word choices, I use it twice a week for my writing and more if required.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete, which was why I bought it. March 1 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is as advertised. It is an extremely complete thesaurus-like volume.
I like it, for when I am really stuck to find the right word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have April 13 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My first copy of The Synonym Finder was a paperback and is dog-eared and tattered. I was looking online to see if the book was still in print, as I wanted to recommend it to a homeschooling mom who had asked for some advice. I was thrilled to see it was available in hard copy, so I simply had to buy a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Synonym Finder Jan. 13 2012
So glad to see that it is still extant. This is just about
the best word book available. I have been anxious to replace
my worn out copy and was pleased to find it.Invaluable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The fifth ace for your junior high/high school/college/ student - will help them write better papers faster as they get smarter - because vocabulary is the develop-able skill that elevates the GREAT STUDENTS from the Near Great. And you can't buy IQ or creativity in a book. You learn a lot just browsing it - it's fun to look up the words in a pre-1961 dictionary (when they started dumbing down) - what IS the difference betweeh true/real/honest/factual... or smart/brilliant/intelligent... or funny/witty/comical/jocular/hilarious...
you won't need anything else except a pre-1961 dictionary to go along with this on your reference shelf! I find the paperback pages heftier and sturdier than the hardcover and more able to withstand the frequent use this will get. That's my only criticism - I wish Rodale would make a sturdier hardcover, never mind the bulk or cost - I'd pay a pretty penny for a sturdy hardcover, even leatherbound collectible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Synonym Finder Dec 26 2003
If you are a heavy writer--buy the hardcover version. The paperback will soon be destroyed through constant use. The best thesaurus ever!
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