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A Thesaurus Is Not Just a Word Processing Tab

A thesaurus is a compilation of synonyms, words of the same meaning. A thesaurus also lists antonyms, words of opposite meaning. When you want to vary your vocabulary to hold the reader’s interest, the thesaurus is where to turn. When you’ve written a word in a preliminary draft that is almost, but not quite, what you’re trying to say, the thesaurus offers words covering a range of meanings. Sure, you may say, “I know how to use a thesaurus. When I need a synonym, I highlight the search word in MS Word, click on Review, Thesaurus, and boom, there’s my word choice list.” Perhaps you have a labor law case and want to avoid a wearisome use of “employee”

Originally published February 2, 2015
Last updated May 20, 2018
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