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"I applaud this . . . value-centered, family-oriented dictionary." --The Reverend Billy Graham
A Dictionary Resource for the Whole Family
The aim of Webster's American Family Dictionary is unique and challenging: it is to capture and record the standard vocabulary of American English in a way that reflects the common ethical, moral, religious, social, and civic values of mainstream Americans. It is, in short, both a lexical and cultural record of standard American English at the dawn of the 21st century.
A family reference that goes beyond removing offensive language, Webster's American Family Dictionary reflects the language and cultural values of most American families. While remaining inclusive enough for use through the college level, this new dictionary also covers special categories that are not typically treated in other standard dictionaries, such as:
the Bible religious notables cultural literacy American history and civics American folklore popular proverbs and sayings mythology biography geography world history world religious
The most comprehensive dictionary of its kind, Webster's American Family Dictionary has 116,000 entries, 135,000 definitions, and 300 illustrations, maps, and charts. In addition, we have included important documents that define American cultural and religious traditions:
Declaration of Independence Ten Commandments Sermon on the Mount Amendments to the Constitution Gettysburg Address
Webster's American Family Dictionary provides expanded definitions and biblical references, not typically found in other nonsectarian vocabulary resources, for terms such as burning bush and crown of thorns. Additionally, the Topical Index of Selected Key Terms will provide starting points for further study. Most importantly, definitions and discussions of controversial ideas and entries are treated with sensitivity
The First Modern American Dictionary to Cover the Bible and Our Contemporary Language
Not since Noah Webster created the first American dictionary has a guide to our language covered both important Bible terms and the essential vocabulary of the modern home, school, and office.
The dictionary that reflects your values A valuable reference for the entire family Clear definitions essential for understanding difficult and controversial topics
"The new Webster's American Family Dictionary should be very helpful for anyone interested in the full meaning of words, expanded to include their historical, literary, and religious connotations." --Jimmy Carter
"I think Noah Webster would have been proud to see his name affiliated with this dictionary, which is in keeping with his original concept of what a dictionary should be." --Billy Graham
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Random House Reference
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 8.1" Height: 2.4" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 1997
Publisher Random House Reference
ISBN 0679458018 ISBN13 9780679458012 UPC 090129023950
Reviews - What do customers think about Webster's American Family Dictionary?
Comprehensive Yet Suitable For All Ages Sep 15, 2007
My daughter is an advanced reader and has pretty much outgrown our children's dictionary. Because of her young age, I'd obviously been very concerned about letting her use our regular dictionary. There was one word we looked up that was on the same page as a term for a sex act, yikes! The "Webster's American Family Dictionary" is perfect for us since it's a basically a sanitized version of the "Webster's College Dictionary". It is comprehensive enough for our needs (135,000 definitions) while still being appropriate for all ages. Highly recommended!
A Most Excellent Family Resource Jun 14, 1999
After having searched for some time for a good school/family reference source (and unfortunately being frequently alarmed and offended at many of the "definitions" in other works) I am pleased to say I have found none better than "Webster's American Family Dictionary." It truly lives up to the cover statements giving comprehensive coverage of our modern issues while yet respecting and preserving our religious and cultural heritage, the Bible, and common decency. And it is done without a deprecating patronizing tone! Thank you Random House! I highly recommend this dictionary for family and school use.