THE THINKER’S THESAURUS
Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words
By Peter E. Meltzer. Going far beyond providing a simple list of synonyms, this entertaining and informative reference provides writers with the mot juste for specific situations. Entries are composed of a base word or phrase, a sophisticated substitute, and a well-chosen example that models proper usage. Also included in the majority of entries is a "clarifier," which provides nuance (malversation is a synonym for wrongdoing with the clarifier "in public office"), identifies when the word form of the base word and synonym differ (the adjective leonine is provided as a synonym for the noun lion), or allows two distinct concepts to combine in a single synonym (mysophobia is a synonym for dirt with the clarifier "abnormal fear of"). Norton. 648 pages. Expanded Third Edition. ©2015.