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The Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (Oxford Paperback Reference)by Oxford
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Authoritative, accessible, and completely up to date, this new edition of the popular Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms is an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to build their vocabulary and invigorate their writing skills.
Over 140,000 alternative and opposite words are given with the closest, most frequently used synonyms listed first. In addition, thousands of real-life examples of usage from the Oxford English Corpus put the words in the context of sentences, which helps the reader to pinpoint the right word quickly and easily (and avoid embarrassing mistakes). Also included are some useful appendices designed to improve your knowledge of the language: a new Wordfinder section offers a selection of thematic lists--from chemical elements and clothing to phobias and flowers--and a Common Confusables supplement highlights the crucial differences between similar words that are often mixed up.
Anyone wanting a practical and accessible language guide that will expand their vocabulary and sharpen their writing skills--including families, wordgame buffs, and students learning English as a foreign language--will want this dictionary on their reference shelf.
The Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms provides an easy-to-use source of over 150,000 alternative and opposite workds to improve your word-powerand communication skills, and make your use of English more interesting and original. For each entry, synonyms are listed alphabetically, and antonyms are placed at the end of entries where appropriate. There are examples to showhow words of less obvious sense are used, and markers such as "informal," derogatory," and "obsolete," highlight the usage style.
There is also extensive cross-referencing to other entries for extended lists of synonyms and to related words to broaden your knowledge. A section on Lexicon of Hard Words, with interesting and unusual word as diverse as erubescence (blushing) and jumbal (sweet crisp cake), will provide fascinating and useful additions to anyone's vocabulary.
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