The Describer's Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Expanded Second Edition)

The unrivaled guide―and excellent gift―for stymied scribes and dealing wordsmiths all over, now accelerated and updated.

a novel and quintessential reference software, The Describer's Dictionary―now extended and updated―has served for over two decades because the go-to source for writers who're decided to catch the area in exactly the appropriate phrases.

The dictionary makes use of a distinct opposite definition-to-term layout that makes it effortless to 0 in at the time period you are looking. flip to the hot part on sensory impressions, for instance, to discover shiny phrases for "loud or jarring," corresponding to "grating," "harsh," "piercing," "blaring," "thunderous," "cacophonous," and "raucous." And on the finish of every part dozens of illustrative passages through striking fiction and nonfiction authors―including Donna Tartt, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, and Paul Theroux―bring the terminology to life.

New during this edition:

• 1000's of extra definitions, phrases, and synonyms

• Brand-new different types, together with "Physical States and Symptoms," "Temperament and Behavior," "Rooms and inside Spaces," "Weather and Forces of Nature," and "The sunlight System"

• Over four hundred new quotations from books, periodicals, and electronic media by way of demonstrated and emerging literary stars

• An index of the greater than six hundred authors quoted within the book

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