What is the most comprehensive thesaurus available in print and online?


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Thesaurus.com is a comprehensive online thesaurus whose references are taken from Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Roget's thesauruses have been in existence since the 19th century, going through cycles of updating and modifying words. Because of the history behind the reference book, and the popularity of Thesaurus.com, Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus is considered a reliable and comprehensive thesaurus resource.

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Thesaurus.com is the world's most popular online thesaurus, as of 2016. The website offers an extensive list of synonyms for words inquired by the site's visitors. In addition, the website lists antonyms, terms related to the presented word, and the word's origin and history. Visitors have the option to modify search criteria according to word complexity, relevance and length. All listed terms that are affiliated with the presented word are linked, so visitors can click a related term and view that term's definition.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition is rated 4.5 stars on Amazon.com, and is a combination of scholarly knowledge and contemporary communication standards. The reference book contains a complex index, which organizes words according to idea, enhancing the reader's usability. The author is lexicographer Barbara Ann Kipfer, who has a doctorate in linguistics. She is also a pioneer in electronic lexical systems.

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