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TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus

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Once upon a time, desktops were the tops of actual desks, and nearly all of them had a paper dictionary on or near them. The best dictionaries were so huge they needed their own stands. You can still see them in libraries. But nearly everyone who has a computer uses a Web-based dictionary, such as the cleverly named Dictionary.com, or some kind of software-based reference. TheSage's English Dictionary and Thesaurus is the latter sort. It's a free utility that maintains a huge dictionary and thesaurus locally, not online, so it's completely portable, though it can access the Internet for definitions, updates, and other needs. In fact, it will look up words in most major word processors, browsers, and e-mail clients, including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Outlook, and Mozilla's Firefox and Thunderbird. It has powerful searching, cross-referencing, and indexing features, too.

TheSage downloads at 8.52MB; about average for today and fairly tidy, considering that, with more than 200,000 definitions, 50,000 usages, and 70,000 phonetic transcriptions in the dictionary and nearly 1,400,000 word associations in the thesaurus, it would definitely be in library-stand territory, if it were printed on paper. But there's really no way for a paper dictionary to do a fraction of the things TheSage does. For instance, there's an encyclopedia of historical, geographical, political, and biomedical information.

Not long ago, a reference library as extensive as TheSage's English Dictionary and Thesaurus would have cost hundreds of dollars and taken up feet of shelf space. Today it's all free and a click away.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Lets Sort the Problems 22-10-13"

    October 21, 2013  |   By bill3333

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    OK some people experienced problems. Some were due to a bad or hijacked download, well you just have to persevere to get it right, using a hash total, or a different site. Then there are the people who have system problems, and wierd things happen. Others thought The Sage too complex, and they are right, but just give it a chance, and you will soon find your way round all the aspects it offers.

    Cons

    The Sage is the only good free dictionary / theasurus, for those who maybe only use it 5 times a year, or you can donate.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Handy useful dictionary"

    October 21, 2013  |   By John PIlge

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    It has over 200,000 words with definitions, and an anagram maker.

    Cons

    No control over the speech tool. It rambles on reading things not on the screen.

    Summary

    The words and definitions are EXACTLY the same as Word Web. The Sage has more tools to change the presentation and the appearance. The Sage has an anagram tool. The website asks for donations, but that is not required.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Too much crapware included"

    October 6, 2013  |   By larschmitt

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    Didn't stick around to find out

    Cons

    The Sweetpacks browser hijacker is included in the download, and even if I didn't select it, I was afraid it would attach garbage to my computer. CNET should know better than to recommend programs like this

    Summary

    Run, don't walk, away from this turkey.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Incomprehensible"

    August 19, 2013  |   By 1dmnolan

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    I'm not able to say.

    Cons

    Icouldn't figure it out so I uninstalled it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CNET spyware/virus installer"

    July 29, 2013  |   By Vanillaman

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    I never got to install it, sine the CNET installer tries to sneakily install the Wigwam and Searchdial malware.

    Cons

    Avoid downloading from CNET and use it just for reviews. CNET no longer has any integrity and cannot be trusted.

    Summary

    CNET virus/spyware installer

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is a vehicle for ads and virus threats"

    July 25, 2013  |   By tyuritt

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    Didn't get far enough to find any pros

    Cons

    My virus detection lit up when I installed this form CNET. It trapped both ad pushers and virus threats (at least 2 of each).
    I canceled the install and spent the next 20 minutes uninstalling all the stuff it had already sprayed into my computer.

    Summary

    A good free dictionary for Windows 7 may be too much to ask.
    I do use a free Websters dictionary on my android phone and it does the job quite well and the ads are unobtrusive and well behaved. Perhaps Websters has one for windows 7.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Too complex; never got it to work with my browsers"

    July 23, 2013  |   By dawonder

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    Looks like it would have a lot of great things to offer if it wasn't so complex or I wasn't too dumb to know how to do more than just open.

    Cons

    Too complex--didn't know how to open it and then use it in my browsers. I think it needs some step-by-step instructions to go with it to be of the most use.

    Summary

    I removed it and use Ginger, which doesn't have as much stuff, but it much easier to use and just automatically appears at the top of my browsers, so it's always there.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Lots of Features But Mediocre Definitions"

    June 18, 2013  |   By dcistre

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    There are tons of features on this dictionary, more than most people will use, and the best part is that it is local and does not require the internet.

    Cons

    I find the problem is that the definitions provided are mediocre at best and I would not feel comfortable citing them for an academic reference word-for-word.

    Likewise, the program is so complicated that it is not very intuitive and I'm definitely not looking for a program that will take me hours to learn just so I can effectively look up a word!

    Summary

    Overall I would say this program is best suited for casual, non-academic use, but perhaps too complicated to use casually until you invest enough time to learn how to use its features. Unless you are just going to type in words and read their definitions, but then why does the program have the excess features?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Was looking for simplicity"

    April 9, 2013  |   By nmweatherman

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    Has a lot of info. For me, too much info.

    Cons

    Too complicated

    Summary

    I want to look up a word and find it there, in the dictionary, with a standard definition(s) and meaning and pronunciation and word source if available. When I saw the interface of Sage I wished I was a rocket scientist. There is just too much info and menus and icons on their UI for me.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Use in conjunction with MS Office Thesaurus"

    March 2, 2013  |   By gpachal

    Version: TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 5.1.0.1790

    Pros

    Faster to get to than MS Office.
    Can be used outside of Office products (for example, on this page).
    Offers tabs for different options (Nearest, Synonyms, Antonyms, Type of & Types).
    Also offers examples of use in phrases.
    Has tabs for Word Web, Wikipedia, Wiktionary & Word Web online.

    Cons

    Synonyms list is often short (less than MS Office) or lacking in usable alternatives. By this I mean that they don't seem to fit my need. MS Office also seems to break them into categories better.

    Summary

    The way I use this and MS Office thesaurus is to look at one first, then the other if I don't find what I need. I usually then stick with the last one used until I need to switch. Kind of a "go with the winner" mentality. Between the two of them, I can usually find something 90% of the time. The other 10% of the time something is triggered in mind to think of a different word not on either list.

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