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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Abbreviations
 
abbr. abbreviated, abbreviation
adj. adjective, adjectival expression
adv. adverb, adverbial expression
Afr. Africa
Am. or Amer. America, American
Am. hist. American history
anat. anatomy
anc. ancient
Anglo-Ind. Anglo-Indian
anon. anonymous
antiq. antiquities
Ar. Arabic
arch. architecture
archæol. archæology
arith. arithmetic
A.-S. Anglo-Saxon
astrol. astrology
astron. astronomy
Austral. Australian
Bib. Biblical
biol. biology
bot. botany
Brit. British
Can. Canada, Canadian
Can. F. Canadian French
Celt. Celtic
chem. chemistry
Chin. Chinese
Ch. of Eng. Church of England
Cic. Cicero
class. classical
colloq. colloquial
com. commerce, commercial
conj. conjunction
Du. Dutch
Dan. Danish
derog. derogatory
dial. dialect, dialectal
dim. diminutive
E. East
eccl. ecclesiastical
econ. economics
elec. electricity
Eng. English, England
erron. erroneous, -ly
esp. especially
exc. except
fem. feminine
fig. figurative, -ly
G. or Ger. German
Gr. Greek
gram. grammar
Gr. Brit. Great Britain
Heb. Hebrew
her. heraldry
Hind. Hindustani
hist. history, historical
Hor. Horace
Icel. Icelandic
Ind. Indian
Ir. Irish, Ireland
int. interjection
It. Italian
Jap. Japanese
Jew. Jewish
joc. jocular
Juv. Juvenal
l.c. lower case
L. L. L. Love’s Labor’s Lost
Luc. Lucretius
Mar. Martial
masc. masculine
math. mathematics
Meth. Methodist
Mex. Mexico, Mexican
M. for M. Measure for Measure
mil. military
M. N. D. Midsummer Night’s Dream
M. of V. Merchant of Venice
Moham. Mohammedan
myth. mythology
N. North
n. noun
N. Am. North American
naut. nautical
N. E. or New Eng. New England
neut. neuter
Ffld. Newfoundland
NL. New Latin
Norw. Norwegian
N. W. Northwest, -ern
N. Z. New Zealand
obs. obsolete
obsoles. obsolescent
OE. Old English
opp. opposed
orig. original, -ly
parl. parliamentary
path. pathology
Per. Persian
Pg. Portuguese
pharm. pharmacy
philos. philosophy
physiol. physiology
P. I. Philippine Islands
pl. plural
P. L. Paradise Lost
Plut. Plutarch
pol. or polit. political
pop. popular, -ly
prep. preposition
Prot. Epis. Protestant Episcopal
prov. proverb, provincial
psychol. psychology
Quin. Quintilian
R. C. Ch. Roman Catholic Church
relig. religion
rhet. rhetoric, rhetorical
Russ. Russian
S. or So. South
S. Afr. South African
Sal. Sallust
S. Am. South American
Scand. Scandinavian
Scot. Scottish, Scotland
Sen. Seneca
sing. singular
Skr. Sanskrit
surg. surgery
Sw. Swedish
S. W. Southwest, -ern
S. W. U. S. Southwest United States
Tac. Tacitus
tech. technical
Ter. Terence
Tertul. Tertullian
theat. theatrical
theol. theology
theos. theosophy
Turk. Turkish
typog. typography
Univ. University
U. S. United States
v. verb
Ver. Vergil
W. West
W. Ind. West Indies
zoöl. zoölogy
 
Dashes and hyphens are used to avoid the repetition of some term common to each word or phrase in the same group. For example:—   1
“over -, above- the mark;” = “over the mark,” “above the mark”
“on the -verge, - brink, - skirts- of;” = “on the verge of,” “on the brink of,” “on the skirts of”
“brush -, whisk -, turn -, send- -off, - away;” = “brush off,” “brush away,” “whisk off,” “whisk away,” “turn off,” “turn away,” “send off,” “send away”
quick-, keen,- clear-, sharp- -eyed, -sighted, -witted;” = “quick-eyed,” “quick-sighted,” “quick-witted,” “keen-eyed,” “keen-sighted,” “keen-witted,” “clear-eyed,” “clear-sighted,” “clear-witted,” “sharp-eyed,” “sharp-sighted,” “sharp-witted”
“away from -, foreign to -, beside- the -purpose, - question, - transaction, - point;” = “away from the purpose,” “away from the question,” “away from the transaction,” “away from the point,” “foreign to the purpose,” &c., “beside the purpose,” &c.
“fall, - to the ground;” = “fall,” “fall to the gound”
“shortness &c. adj.;” “shortly &c. adj.;” “shortening &c. v.;” = in a similar manner form other words from the groups of adjectives or verbs in the same category

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