The Describer's Dictionary

The Describer's Dictionary : A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations

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A singular and indispensable reference tool, The Describer's Dictionary-now expanded and updated-has served for over twenty years as the go-to resource for writers who are determined to capture the world in just the right words. The dictionary uses a unique reverse definition-to-term format that makes it easy to zero in on the term you're seeking. Turn to the new section on sensory impressions, for example, to find vivid terms for "loud or jarring," such as "grating," "harsh," "piercing," "blaring," "thunderous," "cacophonous," and "raucous." And at the end of each section dozens of illustrative passages by notable fiction and nonfiction authors-including Donna Tartt, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, and Paul Theroux-bring the terminology to life.

New in this edition:

* Hundreds of additional definitions, terms, and synonyms

* Brand-new categories, including "Physical States and Symptoms," "Temperament and Behavior," "Rooms and Interior Spaces," "Weather and Forces of Nature," and "The Solar System"

* Over 400 new quotations from books, periodicals, and digital media by established and rising literary stars

* An index of the more than 600 authors quoted in the book
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 38mm | 457g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Expanded Second Edition
  • 0393346161
  • 9780393346169
  • 216,962

About David Grambs

David Grambs has worked as a lexicographer, editor, travel reporter, and translator. He is the author of five other books pertaining to the English language, including The Endangered English Dictionary, and is coauthor of So You Think You Can Spell? with Ellen S. Levine. Ellen S. Levine is a writer, editor, and web producer. She lives in New York City.
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