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The Cambridge Thesaurus of American English


  • Page extent: 526 pages
  • Size: 234 x 156 mm
  • Weight: 1.05 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 423/.1
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PE2832 .L88 1994
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English language--United States--Synonyms and antonyms
    • Americanisms--Dictionaries

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521414272 | ISBN-10: 052141427X)

  • Published February 1994

Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer

$67.00 (R)

The Cambridge Thesaurus of American English is an original and up-to-date collection of over 200,000 synonyms and antonyms for the most commonly used words and phrases in contemporary American English. Compiled by renowned expert on American language use and author of Doublespeak, William Lutz, the Thesaurus is alphabetically arranged, and designed to give the user quick access to a coherent set of synonyms and antonyms. The Cambridge Thesaurus provides a brief list of common, usable synonyms organized according to their frequency of use and their meaning. In those cases where the distinction between senses of a word is not clear, a brief definition is provided. Any synonyms that are slang or that have restricted usage are clearly labeled to that effect. Concise and readable yet complete and reliable, The Cambridge Thesaurus will be the ideal desktop reference for high school and college students, office personnel, and anyone else in search of that perfect word.

Prize Winner

Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1995


"...a welcome addition to the list of modern thesauruses and highly recommended for users who need a concise work that provides quick and easy access." Library Journal

"At last--a current thesaurus of American English that is both easy to use and appropriate for all levels....this work combines the more accessible dictionary arrangement with a clean typeface and uncluttered pages. The result is an excellent tool for quick reference...Highly recommended for all libraries." P.S. Thomas, Choice

"This is a good, concise thesaurus for the general reader, a ready-reference or telephone-reference service point, or an office. Given the price, it might even be a good circulating thesaurus since it is much more legible than the paperbound ones most libraries use. A useful purchase." Booklist

"Concise, easy to use, and presented in exceedingly readable type, the Cambridge Thesaurus is an original and up-to-date collection of some 200,000 synonyms and antonyms for the most commonly used words and phrases in contemporary American English." Book News, Inc.

"...a fine, practical reference...updated for modern important and valuable reference which promises to educate new audiences with an easy-to-use format. Highly recommended." The Midwest Book Review

"Accessible to middle school students, but better for high school and the general adult public, it's a good, quick, albeit limited, source of synonyms." School Library Journal

"...libraries will find it a useful alternative to offer students and writers." American Reference Books Annual

"...this thesaurus stresses a careful selection of synonyms over the undifferentiated paragraphs of words, as typified by Peter Roget's original...may better limit the phenomenon of 'thesauritis' found in naive writing...a dependable and easy-to-use book with a pleasant, readable lay-out...proper for any library." Vivian Zenari, Feliciter

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