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Recent Examples of thesaurus from the Web
From ThinkProgress: The first five vendors combined offered just five romance novels, 14 religious texts, 24 drawing or coloring books, 21 puzzle books, 11 how-to books, one dictionary and one thesaurus.
No thesaurus on earth can provide the appropriate adjectives.
Or perhaps his anti-Trump, pro-Clinton sentiments were not germane to his mere copy editing or his reliance on a thesaurus.
At the same time, the movie’s presumably normally gifted men are as superfluous to the proceedings as a thesaurus in the writers’ room.
But instead of advocating for the causes in which players have protested this season, joining Kapernick's cause, owners skimmed through their thesaurus looking for safe words.
World leaders pulled out the stops, and perhaps a thesaurus or two, to review President Donald Trump's first appearance at the UN General Assembly, the multi-day pageant of meetings known as the Super Bowl of Diplomacy.
North Korean officials are, no doubt, sorting through their insult thesaurus this very moment in search of a way to hit back at Trump.
In the unabridged gentrification thesaurus, Whole Foods is a universal synonym for white people.
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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
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