Roget's Descriptive Word Finder

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Whether they're working on a full-length novel or short magazine article, writers can make their work fresher and more evocative with Roger's Descriptive Word Finder. It's the essential guide for choosing accurate, specific descriptive words--the key to writing with precision and style. Users can flip through this reference topic-by-topic to find just the right word or phrase. It's ideal for fiction and poetry writers, as well as teachers, journalists, students and copywriters. Anyone who needs to describe something will find help and a perfect solution in this valuable desk reference.

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An author's guide to choosing the right word offers readers a topical organization to Roget's classic reference source of the right descriptive adjective or adverb.

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In her latest resource for writers, lexicographer Kipfer (Flip Dictionary; Roget's Thesaurus of Phrases) offers scribes a hybrid dictionary-thesaurus of adjectives and adverbs, with thousands of words and phrases divided into 572 thematic categories, from "Abandonment-Discontinuance" to "Zoology." The format may feel strange to those who employ favorite synonym finders already, but the array of word choices in each category will no doubt win Kipfer's system fans. Under the "Aberration-Unconventionality" heading, for example, the 80 entries include suggestions both basic (abnormal, amorphous, singular) and advanced (azygous, errabund, farblondzhet). The links between the headings and their potential descriptors sometimes feel a little shaky: would someone looking to describe a confinement pick hapteric ("fastening; holding fast") or in Lob's Pound ("held playfully between the legs and feet of an adult; said of a child")? When a writer needs a synonym quickly, there's no beating a good standard thesaurus, but this volume offers word-lovers a cornucopia of surprising lexical treats. With antepaschal ("before Passover or Easter), isogogic ("introductory"), predormient ("before sleep") and vanward ("at or to the front") all appearing under "Before-Preceding," and the "Writing" category offering allonymous ("ghostwritten"), cuneiform, Jacobean, out-of-print, prosaic and scribaceous ("fond of writing"), this is a diverting, quirky resource indeed.
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