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In the early days that meant lugging a copy of Who’s Who and the World Almanac, some of Hadden's own books, a dictionary, a thesaurus and a Bible, along with relevant newspaper clippings.
The protest — proudly accessorized with swastikas, Confederate flags, and an unabridged thesaurus of slurs — was perhaps the most grotesque manifestation of bigotry since the 2016 election.
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Did You Know?
In the early 19th century, archaeologists borrowed the Latin word thesaurus to denote an ancient treasury, such as that of a temple. Soon after, the word was metaphorically applied to a book containing a "treasury" of words or information about a particular field. In 1852, the English scholar Peter Mark Roget published his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, in which he listed a treasury of related words organized into numerous categories. This work led to the common acceptance of the term "thesaurus" for "a book of words and their synonyms." Finally, during the 1950s, "thesaurus" began being used in the field of word processing to refer to a list of related terms used for indexing and retrieval.
Origin and Etymology of thesaurus
First Known Use: circa 1823See Words from the same year
THESAURUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thesaurus for English Language Learners
: a book in which words that have the same or similar meanings are grouped together
THESAURUS Defined for Kids
Definition of thesaurus for Students
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