The Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 25, 2009 - Reference - 816 pages
A reference book that belongs on every desk--one of the handiest, best-organized, and most reliable thesauruses available, newly updated to reflect the American language of today.
 

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After reading the available pages, I respect the makers of this thesaurus for their beautiful work and insight into thesaurus design though there are a few places for easily yet cleverly done improvement. The authors seemed to give attention to the issues though let them be mentioned and unresolved due to lack of insight. Many issues were resolved by their design though they seem to agree that a few remain.
I like how they minimize extra features for clarity since in contrast many thesauri make their work less clear by mixing in extras where they don't belong. For example, other thesauri put definitions in front of taxonomy sisterhoods of synonyms as if it distinguished the full scope of those synonyms from the other taxonomy sisterhoods. For example other thesauri put example usage sentences before or after taxonomy sisterhoods of synonyms, as if they could only apply to that small set or a single example could make scope for the set. You might as well have the definitions in other dictionaries if these organizational problems come up.
Their might be a few improvements like with the word clever. Instead of having "Physical Skill:...skillful..." as a definition of clever it could be written "physical skillful, ...skillful,..." and included as a synonym word. This way they would be more consistent and accurate since cleverness can be both physical and non-physical skill. In the original clear and Simple Thesaurus Dictionary by William Norris clever is also skillful without mention of physicality. It is not necessary to have "physical skillful" as the author mentioned it was; though could serve as an extra synonym. Nimble implies physical skill and theirs no reason to go all out and add extra meaning where it doesn't belong. People could just go look at a dictionary definition if they wanted for extra meaning. There are other multi-word synonym entries in Roget's Thesaurus, so "physically skillful" would be fine to add and be granted its own entry like letting it have its title.
 

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About the author (2009)

Sidney L. Landau is the Editor-in-Chief of The Bantam Roget's Thesaurus and Ronald J. Bogus is the Managing Editor, both served as the previous editors of The Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionay Form.

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