Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

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Roget's Thesaurus is the world's most famous and trusted word-finder. First published in 1852 it has now sold over 32 million copies worldwide and has become the indispensable desk companion for generations of speakers and writers of English. Unlike most other thesauruses, it groups words thematically rather than in a straight A-Z sequence, thus offering the writer and speaker a much more creative and subtle means of finding new ways to express their thoughts: it is essential for anyone who wants to improve their command, creative use and enjoyment of English, and is perfect for composing speeches, or for writing all manner of prose and poetry. It remains, definitively, a writer's best friend. Roget's Thesaurus is part of the Penguin Reference Library and draws on over 70 years of experience in bringing reliable, useful and clear information to millions of readers around the world - making knowledge everybody's property.

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They just don't make Thesauri like they used to! No other Thesaurus has such a treasure of strange, uncommon, or archaic words. Keep in mind, however, that it is outdated and is focused on providing good and geat words, not all words. Read full review

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Roget's Thesaurus is a resource of a value equal to Queen Elizabeth's act of shaking hands with the Leader of Northern Ireland! Not only is it filled with literary treasures, this book is filled with magical "doors" which open our hearts and minds to new thoughts, and polished ideas. Merci beaucoups, Monsieur Roget, et al!. 

Contents

Intellect 449 Thought
11
special
11
Matter 291 Attraction
11
general touch
11
heat
15
Length 204 Shortness 205 Breadth 2O6 Narrowness 207 Layer 208 Filament 209 Height 2IO LOwness 2II Depth 212 Shallowness
19
Summit 214 Base
22
Convergence
27
Universe
321
Gravity 320 Immateriality
322
Fluids in general
323
in motion 324 Density
324
Hardness
326
Elasticity
328
Toughness
329
Structure
331

Arrival
42
Ingress
46
Reception
47
to an effect or purpose 134 Adultness
68
Earliness
69
Occasion 136 Lateness 138 Untimeliness
71
Frequency 14o Infrequency 141 Periodicity 142 Fitfulness 7 Change
72
Change 144 Permanence 145 Cessation 146 Continuance
73
Conversion 148 Reversion
75
Revolution 15o Substitution 151 Interchange
76
Connection between cause and effect
80
Idea
87
Combination of causes
97
Space
99
3ol Food
104
Verticality 216 Horizontality
117
Pendency 218 Support
118
general 219 Parallelism 221 Inversion
119
Crossing 223 Exteriority
120
Covering 228 Dressing
123
23o Surroundings 232 Circumscription 233 Outline
126
Obliquity
130
Passage
138
general specific light perception of light
149
Cause
156
Attribution
158
16o Power 162 Strength
162
Production
164
Reproduction
166
Propagation
167
Parentage
169
31o Elevation 312 Leap
170
Productiveness
171
Oscillation 318 Agitation
172
Agency
173
Interiority
183
Animality 367 Zoology
188
Animal husbandry
196
Humankind
197
Male
198
Physical sensibility
199
Physical pleasure
200
Touch
201
Heat 381 Heating
202
Furnace
203
Fuel 386 Taste 388 Pungency 389 Condiment
205
Savouriness 392 Sweetness
206
Odour 396 Fragrance
207
Sound 400 Loudness
208
Bang 404 Resonance 406 Sibilation
210
Human cry 41o Melody
211
Music 413 Musician
213
Hearing
216
Light 419 Dimness
217
Luminary
218
Transparency
219
Centrality
225
Lining
227
Uncovering
229
Interjacency
231
Topic
232
Absence of intellect 450 Absence of thought 2 Precursory conditions and operations 453 Curiosity 455 Attention
233
Edge
234
Enclosure
235
Limit
236
Enquiry
237
Front 238 Rear 239 Laterality 24o Contraposition
239
Discrimination 465 Measurement 454 Incuriosity 456 Inattention 458 Negligence 460 Answer 464 Indiscrimination
240
Dextrality 242 Sinistrality ſ 3 Form
241
Evidence 467 Counterevidence 468 Qualification 469 Possibility
242
Probability 473 Certainty 47o Impossibility
243
Improbability 474 Uncertainty
244
Form 244 Amorphism 245 Symmetry 246 Distortion
245
Reasoning processes 475 Reasoning 478 Demonstration 476 Intuition
246
Sophistry
247
Angularity 248 Curvature 249 Straightness
248
Results of reasoning faculties 48o Judgment
249
Overestimation
250
25o Circularity 251 Convolution 252 Rotundity
252
Belief
253
Convexity 254 Prominence 255 Concavity
254
Assent
255
Sharpness 257 Bluntness
256
Knowledge
257
Smoothness 259 Roughness
258
Scholar
259
Truth
260
26o Notch 261 Fold 262 Furrow
262
Opening 264 Closure
263
Conjoined with force With reference to direction 267 Land travel
267
Water travel
269
Aeronautics
271
Transference
272
Vehicle
274
Velocity
277
Repulsion
292
Divergence
294
Departure
296
Egress
298
3oo Ejection 302 Excretion
302
Shortfall
307
Vigour
308
Descent
309
Lowering
311
Plunge
313
Rotation
315
Text 1
316
Matter in general 319 Materiality
319
Friction
333
Fluidity
335
Liquefaction
337
Water
339
Moisture
341
Ocean
343
Vegetable life
366
Botany
368
37o Agriculture 373 Female
373
Physical insensibility
375
Violence
377
38o Cold
378
Refrigeration
382
Refrigerator
384
Insipidity
387
Unsavouriness
391
Sourness
393
Inodorousness
395
Stench
397
Silence
399
Maxim
496
Intelligence
498
Sage
500
Sanity
502
Misjudgment
532
Underestimation
537
Unbelief
568
Influence
592
Tendency
593
Dissent
595
Ignorance
600
Ignoramus
601
18o Liability 181 Concurrence
614
4oi Faintness 403 Roll
627
Gulf
633
Lake
638
Impulse
647
35o Stream
649
Nonresonance
658
Effect 159 Chance
661
Stridor 409 Ululation 4II Discord
662
Impotence
703
Direction 283 Preceding 285 Progression
718
Musical Instruments 416 Deafness
721
Darkness 421 Screen
722
Weakness 165 Destruction 168 Destroyer 17o Posterity 172 Unproductiveness
726
indefinite definite limited Relative space Existence in space 183 Space
728
Situation
729
Opacity
731
Location
732
Presence
737
Conduit
738
Propulsion
754
Semiliquidity
765
Approach
768
Pulpiness 325 Rarity
773
Traveller
779
2e
781
Error
783
Softness 33o Brittleness 332 Powderiness 334 Lubrication 336 Gaseousness
795
27o Mariner
799
Carrier
806
Inhabitant 193 Contents
810
Vaporization 34o
814
Semitransparency
815
Dryness 344 Land
816
Absurdity
818
Colour 427 Whiteness 429 Greyness
830
Unintelligence 501 Fool
836
Region
847
Redness
849
Place
854
Marsh 348 Plain
856
Ship 276 Aircraft
858
Insanity
879
Slowness
891
28O Recoil
896
Madman
899
Blueness
902
Wind 353 Air pipe
903
Bubble Cloud 357 Unctuousness
921
general 358 Organisms 360 Life
922
Mineral 361 Death
931
Variegation
935
Vision
942
Displacement
944
Achromatism
947
Blackness
958
Absence
963
Brownness 432 Orange
973
Greenness
976
Abode
989
Killing
990
Purpleness
1015
Corpse
1057
Blindness
1068
Spectator
1073
Receptacle
1077
Visibility
1081
Interment
1094
Appearance
1101
Optical Instrument 444 Invisibility
1111
Size 197 Expansion 199 Distance 2OI Interval
1117
Littleness 198 Contraction
1148
Disappearance
1159
Deviation
1168
2OO Nearness 202 Contiguity
1204
Following 286 Regression 288 Traction 290 Recession
1223

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About the author (2002)

George Davidson is a former senior editor with Chambers Harrap. In addition to writing dictionaries and thesauruses, he is the author of five books on English grammar, usage, spelling and vocabulary. He lives in Edinburgh.

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