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Facts On File, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 711 pages
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Praise for the previous edition:
"...a useful reference source..."—American Reference Books Annual

"...fills an important niche in any reference collection because of its wide scope..."—Booklist

"...a helpful resource..."—School Library Journal

This is the book to use when looking for a descriptive or technical term or when you know the subject or meaning but not the specific word. Descriptionary, Fourth Edition is a clever combination of a reverse dictionary and a thesaurus, with thousands of descriptions of terms organized into subject categories and sub-categories.

This edition contains thousands of descriptions of terms organized into expanded and updated sections, including those on politics and the Internet, and dozens of new sections. Many new finance and technology terms have also been added to this user-friendly book.

New sections include:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Chemistry
  • Dinosaurs
  • Evolution
  • Fishing
  • Jewelry
  • Rocks
  • Sleep
  • and more.

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User Review  - Sinetrig - LibraryThing

The "Descriptionary" at first scanning seemed to be a useful addition to my reference books on words. However, my experience in referring to it for actual information has been one of frustration and ... Read full review

Review: Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary

User Review  - Blackwidower - Goodreads

This handy dandy book was tailor made for a writer like me whose weakness is description. This book is for someone who knows what what they want to say but can't think of the words to describe it ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Marc McCutcheon is a freelance writer & author of several books, including "The Facts on File Student's Thesaurus." He lives in South Portland, ME.