Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms (Classic Reprint)

Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms When, about the year 1000. I began work upon a dictionary of synonyms I planned to make what would be essentially a thorough revision and enlargement of a previously existing work on the subject. But after a short while I was convinced that such a method would result in a book with which 1 should only be dissatisfied. I then decided to make a complete original dictionary of synonyms. laving the emphasis upon words of literary and technical value, but omitting phrases the inclusion of which would swell the book to unreasonable proportions. With this end in view I began the study of the definitions and quotations given in the Oxford. English Dictionary (easily the greatest dictionary in any language), thinking I should be able to complete my book in four or five years at the most. It soon became plain, however, that the task could not be completed in this length of time, for before I had finished even the examination of the 15.000 pages of the Oxford English Dictionary more than five years had elapsed. But during that time I had made about 300.000 memoranda of words. Since the vocabularies of the more important special dictionaries - of dialect, of law. medicine, seaman-ship, engineering, etc. - are covered in the Oxford work, my notes represent a winnowing of virtually the whole fund of recorded English diction. The collation and application of these 300.000 memoranda have taken me many years of intense labor: but these memoranda form the basis upon which the present dictionary has been constructed. My aim has been to make the scope of the book as broad as possible in order to meet the requirements of my most critical advisers, though this has not been easy. Some have urged that obsolete and rare words be omitted: others have advised that they be retained. Some have thought the contextual notes superfluous; others, even among professional writers, have considered them highly valuable. And so with other features of the book. What some have thought needless, others have thought helpful. As a result it has seemed advisable to meet all reasonable requirements by including those features which serve any widely felt need. The surpassing number of words I have had to work upon has made it easier to carry out a sound and helpful conception of synonymy - badly lacking in some manuals of this kind. The fullness of reference to antonyms, and the parenthetical comments that for many thousand words note their special status or special limitations upon their use w-ill make a new appeal to discriminating writers. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work.

Title:Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms (Classic Reprint)
Author: F. Sturges Allen
Publisher: - 2015-07-26

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