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I know it’s awfully tempting to consult any old thesaurus you can use for free on the Internet but today I’m going to ask you to consider something different. Try Visual Thesaurus.

Here’s what I like about it:

  • It’s visual. In fact, it even looks like a mindmap. (How cool is that?)
  • It works with mulit-definition words. When words have more than one meaning (for example: “book” referring to an object you read and “book” referring to making a reservation) it intelligently groups the synonyms. This makes it faster to select the one you really want.
  • It offers lots of bells and whistles: You can leap from word to word, easily engaging in new searches even on the synonyms, with a simple click. There is colour coding for different parts of speech. You can hear the words pronounced, if you like. Right click on any word and you can search the Internet for it.

Subscriptions are $2.95 per month or $19.95 per year. That’s less than a cup of fancy coffee per month.

As a subscriber, you’ll also get access to a members-only blog with a new great article related to language every weekday. (I am a monthly contributor to this blog although I receive no recompense should you decide to subscribe.)

Plus you can try it out for free. Why don’t you go do that right now?

Posted April 26th, 2012 in Miscellaneous

  • Tim Christian

    I’m a fan of that site and I thought the visual thesaurus looked compelling so I signed up. I actually found it more restrictive than the free thesaurus. I should add, though, that I use a thesaurus not to find a “better” word, but to find the one I know I’m forgetting. My memory stinks.

    • Not clear how you’re using it, Tim. When you say you use it to “find the word you’re forgetting,” what do you mean?

      I use it only to find better words for writing and I find it far more useful than any free thesaurus.

      • Tim Christian

        Here’s a recent example. The word I needed was “exemplary,” and even though I knew the word I couldn’t recall it. That’s how my brain works. So I plugged in similar words (don’t remember which — probably something like “great”) and clicked through until I spotted the right word. A page full of words works best for me in this case.

        • Ah, that makes sense. I can see why you might prefer a more conventional thesaurus for achieving this.

  • Deborah DeGolyer

    I’ve subscribed to Visual Thesaurus for years — also bought a subscription for my son. I use it often. Recently came across TWIG for the iPad. Can’t wait to get my iPad so I can download that app (it costs about $25).