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The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate [Hardcover]

By Eugene Ehrlich (Author) & Noah Adams (Introduction by)
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This impressive thesaurus--containing more than 50,000 uncommon and colorful words--offers logophiles the opportunity to be fortitudinous, furtive, or even grandiloquent when making a polyphony or just pontificating. Introduction by Noah Adams of "All Things Considered". Line art.

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abacus "n." soroban

abandoned "adj." cade, derelict, profligate

abate "v." mitigate, palliate, quash

abdicate "v." abjure, abnegate, demit

abject "adj." craven, fawning, ignominious

able "adj." habile

abnormal "adj." heteroclite, preternatural

abnormality "n." deuteropathy

abolish "v." disestablish, extirpate

abominable "adj." flagitious, odious

Abominable Snowman yeti

aborigine "n." autochthon, indigenous inhabitant

abound "v." exuberate

abridge "v." attenuate, epitomize

abscond "v." decamp

absent-minded "adj."
distrait, distraite

absinth "n." wormwood

absolute "adj." 1. rank, unmitigated; 2. assoluta, inviolable,

absolution, grant shrive

absorbent "adj." bibulous

absorption "n." immersion, prepossession

abstain "v." eschew, forbear

abstention "n." abstemiousness

abstract "adj." noetic

abstract "n." compendium, epitome

abstract "v." prescind

abstruse "adj." involuted, recondite

absurdity "n." bˆ tise

abundance "n." cornucopia, plenitude, profligacy

abuse "v." calumniate, castigate, rail, revile, traduce

abuse "n." aspersion, billingsgate, calumniation, castigation, obloquy, opprobrium, traducement

academic "adj." moot

accept "v." stomach

accessible "adj." pervious

accessory "n." ancillary, appurtenance, parergon

accident "n." allision, fortuity

accidental "adj." adventitious, aleatory, fortuitous, serendipitous

acclaim "n." ‚ clat, kudos

accomplish "v." compass, effectuate

accomplished "adj." compleat, consummate

accomplishments "n." res gestae

account "n." hexaemeron

accrue "v."redound

accumulation "n." alimentation, hypertrophy

accusation "n." gravamen, impeachment

accuse "v." impeach, implead, inculpate, recriminate

accusing "adj." accusatory, criminative

accustom "v." acculturate, inure, wont

achievement "n." capstone, tour de force

acknowledge "v." avouch, homologate

acme "n." apogee, "ne plus ultra"

acquiescence "n." complaisance

acquit "v." exculpate

acronym "n." initialism

active "adj." volitant

actor "n." deuteragonist, onnagata, protagonist

actress "n." ing‚ nue, soubrette

actual "adj." veridical

actuality "n." entelechy

adage "n." aphorism, apothegm

adapt "v." indigenize, quadrate

adaptation "n." rifacimento

added "adj." postiche

addition "n." 1. additament, adjunct, appendicle; 2. parogoge

additional "adj." adscititious

address "n." allocution, apostrophe, salutatory

address "v." apostrophize

adherent "n." ideologue, pr‚ cisian

adhesive "adj." viscid, viscoid, viscose

adjacent "adj." limitrophe, vicinal

adjunct "n." appanage

adjust "v." collimate

administer "v." adhibit

admirer "n." votary

admit "v." intromit

adoring "adj." idolatrous, seraphic

adorn "v." bedizen, emmarble, titivate

adornment "n." frippery, garniture

adulation "n." blandishment, fulsomeness, sycophancy

adulterated "adj." adulterine

adulterer "n." Ischys

adultery "n." cuckoldry, fornication

advance "n." anabasis

Advent "n." Parousia

adventure "n." emprise

adventurer "n." filibuster, landloper

adviser "n." consigliere, consultor

advisory "adj." exhortatory, hortative, hortatory

advocate "n."paladin, paraclete

affected "adj." minikin, missish, niminy-piminy, pr‚ cieuse, pr‚ cieux, recherch‚

affected speech euphuism, periphrasis

affecting "adj." connotative, emotive

affection "n." coraz n, dotage, predilection

affirm "v." asseverate, predicate

affix "v." adhibit

affront "n." lŠ se majest‚, lese majesty

afraid "adj." disquieted, fearsome, pavid

afresh "adv." "de nouveau, de novo"

after a death "post obitum"

after a meal postprandial

after a war postbellum

aftereffect "n." sequela

afterlife "n." futurity

aftermath "n." rowen

after the fact ex post facto, post factum

after the Fall postlapsarian

after the Flood postdiluvian

agent "n." comprador, ‚ minence grise

agile "adj." lissome, yare

agility "n." alacrity, celerity, legerity

aging "adj." senescent

agitate "v." commove, discompose

agitated "adj." corybantic, overwrought

agitator "n." agent provocateur, incendiarist

agnosticism "n." nescience

agrarian "adj." agrestic, predial

agreeable "adj." complaisant, consensual, consonant, conversable, ingratiating, sapid, sipid

aggressive "adj." assaultive, officious

agricultural "adj." geoponic, georgic

aide "n." coadjutant

aimlessness "n." circuity, fecklessness

air, stale fug

air hole spiracle

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  • Library Journal - 05/15/1994 page 68

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Collins Reference
Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 27, 1994
Publisher   Collins
Edition  New  
ISBN  0062700162  
ISBN13  9780062700162  
UPC  099455016001  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eugene Ehrlich, Ph.D., (Mamaroneck, NY) is professor emeritus of English Literature at Columbia University and has been a commentator for National Public Radio.

Eugene Ehrlich lived in New York, in the state of New York. Eugene Ehrlich was born in 1922 and died in 2008.

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Great gift for the word lover  Mar 21, 2008
If you are, or if you know someone who is a lover of the English language, this is a great book to have.
Very useful, but take caution  Oct 31, 2007
This is a very useful thesaurus that definitely fills a gap left by normal thesauri. However, Ehrlich often picks words that are not really synonyms but more like particular examples or even vaguely related terms. For instance, under "priest" he gives, as a synonym, "bacchante." Sorry, but a bacchante is a female worshipper of Dionysus. I can't really think of any instances where "bacchante" would be a good synonym for "priest", even if you're speaking figuratively. Another example- under "street," he gives "cul-de-sac" (is that really such an obscure word?). Everyone knows a cul-de-sac is a kind of street, but not a synonym for it. Ehrlich does this again and again, probably because he had difficulty finding enough real synonyms to fill up his book. As Ehrlich himself advises in the preface, if you come across a word you're not familiar with, be sure to look it up in a dictionary before you use it as a synonym.
Extremely disappointed  Mar 22, 2006
I purchased this and another thesaurus hoping to find some creative words to use when I write. This was extremely disappointing. There are definitely some impressive words, but few that could be used even in a scholarly article or report. If you have several thesaurus reference books, this might make an interesting addition, but don't expect to use it very often.
Words can't describe how good this book is  Feb 23, 2006
I can't seem to express just how helpful this book was to me and my pursuit of intillectual goodness.
Entertaining and Useful  Jan 21, 2005
I received this book as a gift and immediately realized it's not a reference volume. I later noticed that an arrogant neighbor of mine also owns it, and I also noticed his copy appeared not to have been read or otherwise perused. It then occurred to me that, to have real value, a book like this should be USED. I decided to take this book to the office, and every time I write an interoffice email, to replace one of my own words with a term from this book. Carefully and seriously done, it can really upgrade your interoffice communication by giving you a tiny verbal edge, and will subconsciously upgrade other people's respect for your writing skills. And if some of them are made to feel small through my skookum vocabulary (as mentioned in another review), that's just tough rocks.

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