There is an art to a fine thesaurus. It requires a delicate balance of many qualities. When you seek the right word, you want a thesaurus that's useful helpful, fruitful, effective), convenient (handy, expedient, user-friendly), and current (contemporary, informed, up-to-date). The Oxford Thesaurus combines the best of two worlds: an A to Z arrangement of words and a Roget's-style index. The first search is as simple as looking up a word in a dictionary, while the synonym index helps fine-tune the intense lexicographic hunt.
The Oxford Thesaurus emphasises current English, but includes enough quaint terms and plenty of regional, idiomatic and slang terms in English from around the world to provide colourful options. Most entries provide sample sentences, but the bulk of the tome is composed of synonyms (with antonyms--added for this second edition--for contrast), so you needn't wade through lots of excess verbiage when what you really want is the phrase that says what you have in mind, with the right tone and flair. The Oxford Thesaurus makes it effortless. --Stephanie Gold
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