The perfect tool for finding the perfect word, the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is an invaluable source of inspiration as well as an authoritative guide to selecting and using vocabulary. Packed with information, this essential guide for writers includes more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, with real-life example sentences to help you pick the correct word. The text is peppered with thought-provoking reflections on favorite (and not-so-favorite) words by contemporarywriters in a variety of genres, including David Auburn, Melissa Etheridge, Joshua Ferris, Francine Prose, David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, and Simon Winchester, many newly commissioned for this edition. This unique thesaurus also contains expert notes on American English usage, hints for choosing between similar words, a Word Finder section organized by subject, and a comprehensive language guide. The third edition, newly revised and updated, now has hundreds of new words, senses, and phrases. Newfeatures include over 200 literary and humorous quotations highlighting notable usages of words, and a revised graphical word toolkit featuring common word combinations based on evidence in the Oxford Corpus. There is also a new introduction by noted language commentator Ben Zimmer.