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The Oxford American thesaurus of current English
Lindberg, Christine A., 1954-
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 863 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"First British edition published in 1997 as The concise Oxford thesaurus, based on The Oxford paperback thesaurus (1995), edited by Betty Kirkpatrick"--T.p. verso.
Added Uniform Title:
Oxford paperback thesaurus.
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The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English is based on state-of-the-art research using a vast database of some 200 million words, conducted by Oxford's U.S. dictionary staff. It offers the most reliable word resource available, one that is more practical, less expensive, with larger typeand a much cleaner page layout. Its features include: * 15,000 main entries keyed to over 350,000 synonyms * Sample sentences or phrases for virtually every sense * Key entries include antonym lists, with cross references to other main entries * Synonym Studies illuminate the subtle nuances of meaning among a group of closely related words * Includes Oxford's exclusive Writer's Toolkit, including a punctuation guide, usage notes, and much more All Oxford American dictionaries use an easy-to-use respelling system to show how entries are pronounced. It uses simple, familiar markings to represent common American English sounds. With clear, expert advice on grammar, usage, and pronunciation, this up-to-date thesaurus is the first place tolook when you want just the right word.

Author Notes

Christine A. Lindberg is Staff Project Editor in the U.S. Dictionaries Program of Oxford University Press, in Connecticut.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This new thesaurus has 15,000 main entries and 350,000 synonyms. Headwords, printed in bold type, are listed in strict alphabetical order. For each headword, the part of speech is provided. Within entries, synonyms that convey different senses of a word appear in numbered groups. In addition to lists of synonyms, entries may include example phrases (which are sometimes complete sentences), usage labels, cross-references, and antonyms. "Synonym Studies" give more in-depth treatment to some words, such as in the entry for absurd, where the sometimes fine distinctions between ludicrous, preposterous, ridiculous, and other pertinent terms are explored. Following the entries is a "Writer's Toolkit" that consists of punctuation and usage guides, a list of easily confused words, and diacritical and proofreader's marks. Compiled by Oxford's U.S. Dictionaries Program, this book is not to be confused with The Oxford Thesaurus: American Edition, edited by Laurence Urdang and published in 1992. With more than 600,000 words, Urdang is larger and includes an extensive synonym index. Sample sentences are always provided, and these are generally more interesting (e.g., for wisp: "The laboratory has matched the wisp of hair found in the victim's hand with yours, Harbottle") than the bland phrases employed by Lindberg. Despite the fact that it is called an American edition, Urdang retains a British flavor and usually supplies labels for British, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand as well as U.S. variations. With its focus on English as it is spoken in the U.S., The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English is recommended for any library that needs to expand its thesaurus collection.

Choice Review

Like other thesaurusi, Lindberg's lists synonyms and antonyms. Headwords, printed in boldface, are arranged alphabetically and give the part of speech. A word that can be used as more than one part of speech (e.g., "address," noun and verb) has more than one entry. Homographs are treated as separate headwords. Different senses of a word are numbered, and lexical meaning and usage are illustrated by examples printed in italics. Verb phrases (e.g., "fight back," "fight off") are printed as subentries in boldface. Usage labels ("derogatory," "formal," "informal," "literal," "Medicine," "trademark") help users distinguish shades of meaning among synonyms. Cross-references are printed in small capitals preceded by see. Many entries provide cross-references to antonyms. The thesaurus proper is followed by a 30-page "Writer's Toolkit," consisting of "Punctuation Guide," "Usage Guide," "Easily Confused Words," "Diacritical Marks," and "Proofreader's Marks." At an affordable price and with a cover sturdy enough to withstand heavy use, this thesaurus is recommended for all libraries as a complement to any recent version of Roget. H. G.B. Anghelescu; Wayne State University

Table of Contents

Guide to The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current Englishp. vii
The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current Englishp. 1
Writer's Toolkitp. 839
Punctuation Guidep. 843
Usage Guidep. 848
Easily Confused Wordsp. 855
Diacritical Marksp. 862
Proofreader's Marksp. 863