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The Synonym Finder [Hardcover]

J. I. Rodale
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 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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8 of 8 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's not expensive and it's easy to replace, but still, it's on the short list of things I would think of grabbing if this building were on fire.
Without this book at my side these last 15 years, I may not have been able to articulate my way into a good school, a rewarding career, or - dare I say - a wonderful marriage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Sept. 12 2000
I've had Rodale's Synonym Finder in my reference library for over ten years, and find that I use it at least ten times a month. There is simply no other book in the English language that is more comprehensive (the number of pages is an obvious give away) nor more helpful. As a lover of language, I frequently examine other such books, and always find that they come up short against this exhaustive resource. What makes this particular reference so valuable is that it recognizes each word usually has more than one meaning, and when it gives a synonym, it is by meaning, not simply by word. Moreover, the reference gives various examples when a word is used as an adjective or adverb, and either as a noun or a verb. It's this breadth and depth that makes this particular synonym finder so extraordinarily superior to the competition. My only lament is that it doesn't include antonymns, but then the book would probably be too large and too cumbersome. As it stands now, the words are clearly displayed, and the synonyms - in all their variety - are abundant.
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This is a great work, but unfortunately Rodale has focused on personal health and forgotten about word health, so vital to our ability to communicate. I wish that someone could provide an electronic desktop or pocket edition of Rodale's synonym finder in conjunction with a dictionary. The desktop models available by Franklin are antiquated and too limited. Additionally, Microsoft's thesaurus used in its Word program is also too limited and their supplier Alki seems to have no interest in expanding the add-on program that increases the number of synonyms by approximately 140,000 but when comparing a simple word like large, even with the add-on by Alki, there are only 16 synonyms available in comparison to 156 synonyms available for the same word in The Synonym Finder. Additionally, The Synonym Finder was published in 1978 and revised in January 1979, almost twenty years ago. While I realize that firms gravitate towards the areas where they can make the most money, i! ! t is unfortunate that nothing has been done to update this fine work. Look also at the other publications, book or electronic, such as Webster, and see how limited their products are as well. If you have some ideas, I would lend a willing ear. At a time when President Clinton's misguided focus is on classroom size, he and others should be focusing on the real problems of education and increasing rather than decreasing the educational requirements. Don't send our children out into society and expect that society will provide the skills that educators have not taught. Will society correct the problem or will drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, divorce and broken homes, and the power that money can buy lead us to equate our values based on an addiction of material possessions and the death of our true freedom; when is enough, enough? Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, the Most Practical Thesaurus of English among Single-Volume...
This is the thesaurus (for that is what "The Synonym Finder" is, essentially) to which I normally make first use when I need to find a word to substitute for another for greater... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerald Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars The One Thesaurus (or the First One) To Have, Saving Others as Back-up
This is the thesaurus (for that is what "The Synonym Finder" is, essentially) to which I normally make first use when I need to find a word to substitute for another for greater... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerald Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book is wonderful, easy to navigate, plenty of word choices, I use it twice a week for my writing and more if required.
Published 13 months ago by Elaine Crookston
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete, which was why I bought it.
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.
Published 19 months ago by John H Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
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... Read more
Published on April 13 2012 by Linda Mehus-Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Synonym Finder
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2012 by bigdoddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Thee-Saw-Russ (Did I spell that write?)
This is the best reference book I have ever owned. I'm thrilled with it -- and highly recommend it to anyone who needs a book of this type. Read more
Published on March 21 2011 by adeerhills
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Vocabulary Triumph!
I've regretted a few online book purchases in the past. This is not one of them. Skimming through this book is not only a great way to super charge your growing vocabulary for... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2009 by Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Spend a Bit More and Get the Hard Cover --- You'll Use It a Lot
I was looking for some books (thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, etc.) to help with lyric writing... this book impressed me the most. Read more
Published on May 14 2009 by From the Musician's Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars Every writer should own this book!
Writing descriptively with creativity and color is necessary because without voice, one needs to suggest tone and passion to communicate the author's perspective. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by Lori Lee
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