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Synonym text list of common English words

Posted on 2012-12-22
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Last Modified: 2012-12-31
I need a large text list of common English words mostly adjectives with its corresponding synonym. The list should be in some kind of text delimited format where for each word, there is just ONE matching synonym like this:

big large
blank empty
broad wide
center middle
cunning clever

The delimiter can be anything.

Or I can use a database that has been formatted in the same 1 word to 1 synonym and can easily and directly be imported into SQL 2000.

I don't want to pay  more than $200 or so for the list, free of course is best.  I spent two hours looking for such a text list but had to give up.  Please don't give me a link unless you know it has what I've outlined here.

Note that I've already look at wordnet.princeton.edu but there is no such list and I'm not experienced enough to even try to convert or port their .data file to sql.  I tried and gave up so, let's please not go there, or any similar place. Let's keep this simple and that's why a text file is appealing.

But if it IS a database that has more than one synonym then I can use it only if I can separate the synonym list easily, so that the first synonym is used by default, or I can reformat in MS Word, or that multiple synonyms reside in separate database columns.
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Expert Comment

by:Eugene Z
ID: 38716499
get the data from http://dictionary-thesaurus.com/wordlists.html (for example)  copy to some txt files and import into your DB

if you need "merriam-webster" like database, there are probably for $ software that includes some db

Author Comment

ID: 38716615
Not sure if you're serious in regard to the thesaurus.com link. I really cannot make any sense of what you wrote.

Are you actually suggesting to ask for each word, then copy that one word at a time, then insert another, over a thousand times?

You must mean something else, and if so, please explain in some detail what you mean.

In the meantime, the question is still wide open for suggestions. But obviously, I need a fully loaded and completed text file with the words and synonyms already populated.

Expert Comment

ID: 38716630
As far as I know, no such text file exists.  However there ARE freeware thesaurus programs and files availabe.

MOBYSAURUS freeware thesaurus
Much more comprehensive than the thesaurus in either WordWeb and The Sage
Mobysaurus homepage

Wordweb is a feature-rich software that does much more than a paper dictionary or thesaurus. WordWeb is truly a Word Web - each set of synonyms is linked to other related sets.

TheSage is a free software application that, through a multi-tool interface, integrates a complete dictionary and a multifaceted thesaurus of the English language together into a unique language reference system.

Everest Freeware Dictionary including English synonyms and antonyms, other European languages, and a number of very useful features including the capability of creating your own glossaries

Artha is a free cross-platform English thesaurus that works completely off-line and is based on WordNet.

Your other option is to search in a thesaurus. Thesaurus.com (link below) not only gives you the main word and it's synonyms and antonyms,  it also gives you related words and their synonyms. This will make it faster for you to build lists of adjectives and their synonyms you want.

Copy and paste the results you want to keep into a text file.  For an excellent freeware notepad replacement and text editor with MANY features, I highly recommend TED Notepad.  
Features-too numerous to list here.
Download (available in installer and portable versions)


Example search for the word "beautiful"

PARTIAL Results (there were 4 pages of results that came up, so I'm only pasting the main entry and a couple of the related words and their synonyms and antonyms in this example.)

Main Entry:  beautiful  [byoo-tuh-fuh¿l]
Part of Speech:  adjective
Definition:   physically attractive
admirable, alluring, angelic, appealing, beauteous, bewitching, charming, classy, comely, cute, dazzling, delicate, delightful, divine, elegant, enticing, excellent, exquisite, fair, fascinating, fine, foxy*, good-looking, gorgeous, graceful, grand, handsome, ideal, lovely, magnificent, marvelous, nice, pleasing, pretty, pulchritudinous, radiant, ravishing, refined, resplendent, shapely, sightly, splendid, statuesque, stunning, sublime, superb, symmetrical, taking, well-formed, wonderful
disgusting, grotesque, hideous, homely, offensive, plain, repulsive, ugly, unattractive
Main Entry: awesome
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition:  amazing
alarming, astonishing, awe-inspiring, awful, beautiful, breathtaking, daunting, dreadful, exalted, fearful, fearsome, formidable, frantic, frightening, grand, hairy*, horrible, horrifying, imposing, impressive, intimidating, magnificent, majestic, mean, mind-blowing*, moving, nervous, overwhelming, real gone, shocking, something else, striking, stunning, stupefying, terrible, terrifying, wonderful, wondrous, zero cool

Main Entry: cute
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: perky, attractive
adorable, beautiful, charming, dainty, delightful, pleasant, pretty
homely, ugly
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Expert Comment

by:Eugene Z
ID: 38717008
Your Question is not so clear: the list can be a few words or 1Ks with variations: .for US;UK, etc...
<Not sure if you're serious in regard to the thesaurus.com link.>

the http://dictionary-thesaurus.com/wordlists.html  has what you need - you just need to spend several 1-2 hours to load the data into DB (that you need to design)---

also you can try the free WordNet :

Downloading WordNet and associated packages and tools


Author Comment

ID: 38720550
My question stated that I had already looked at  WordNet. I wrote, "Note that I've already looked at wordnet.princeton.edu but there is no such list ".

 I wanted a text list of common words with a synonym for each; one word, one synonym, or in database format I can easily extract into such a list.

I already know how to use a thesaurus  so most of these links and ideas are not at all helpful. They are incredibly basic and rudimentary, and don’t come even close to giving me a list. Yes, one can create their own but that’s why I came here, so I would find one already created. I don’t have time for the days it would take to manually search for words and their synonym counterpart and to make my own list. Such a list could have many thousands of adjectives and even verbs with synonyms for each. I’m surprised that in the entire world of the web, there is no such list. Otherwise someone surely would have found.

So, I don’t see any suggestions that come close to any answer I can use, so no points.  If there really is no such list, perhaps if I did make such a list, I could sell it.

Author Comment

ID: 38720553
For those interested, here's a link to a small list, but one that shows what I want. There are two columns but I have my choice of which to use, and all I have to do is cut and paste, plus a couple minutes of text editing:


Accepted Solution

Qsorb earned 0 total points
ID: 38720565
Another list of synonyms here,


 A couple minutes editing in Dreamweaver, combines the dual column list into one. That gives me about a thousand words already.

If anyone finds another just but MUCH larger, let me know and you get the points. It should be formatted in a similar way.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38732215
No additional synonym lists from anyone so time to close.

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