This is the main project page of Wiktionary Thesaurus, a Wiktionary subproject and a wiki namespace aiming at creating a thesaurus, a dictionary of synonyms, antonyms, and further semantically related terms such as hyponyms, hypernyms, meronyms, and holonyms. The project was formerly called Wikisaurus.
Please contribute your own Thesaurus entries, or add to the existing Thesaurus entries.
The purpose of Wiktionary Thesaurus is to serve the role of an electronic thesaurus--a dictionary of synonyms, near-synonyms and antonyms, and near-antonyms, but also of other semantically related terms such as hyponyms, hypernyms, meronyms, holonyms.
The purpose of such a thesaurus in general is mainly to help anyone who writes for living or fun--writers, managers, contributors to wikis, bloggers, and writers of love letters--to find words they don't recall or even know when they recall words that are semantically related to the sought word. In general, anyone to whom the choice of words matters can benefit from a thesaurus, especially one linked to a dictionary providing the definitions.
Added value of Wiktionary Thesaurus is its Wiktionary integration--it links to and is linked from Wiktionary.
Candidate model thesauri include Roget's thesaurus, and, say, The Penguin Thesaurus. The two follow different design principles.
English Wiktionary Thesaurus is multilingual; it contains entries for other languages than English. Such entries include Thesaurus:p?íbuzný and Thesaurus:juoppo. An alternative naming of the entries is "Thesaurus:cs:p?íbuzný" and "Thesaurus:fi:juoppo", in part modeled on the naming of topic categories. Yet another alternative is "Thesaurus:cs:relative" and "Thesaurus:fi:drunkard" using English headwords prefixed by the language.
Languages that have at least one Thesaurus entry include Arabic: Thesaurus:, Azerbaijani: Thesaurus:yax, Chinese: Thesaurus:, Czech: Thesaurus:p?íbuzný, Danish: Category:Danish thesaurus entries, Finnish: Thesaurus:juoppo, French: Thesaurus:chat, German: Thesaurus:sehr, Hindi: Thesaurus:, Japanese: Thesaurus:, Korean: Thesaurus:, Polish: Thesaurus:gruchot, Portuguese: Thesaurus:duradouro, and Telugu: Thesaurus:.
Formatting is specified and discussed at:
The inclusion criteria for Thesaurus entries are the same as those for the mainspace: Wiktionary:Criteria for inclusion.
Lists of templates:
|The second entry is a lazy one. The third one shows no tooltip, but also does not make it clear that one is missing.|
|To be put around a list of |
|Entered at the very top of the entry. When without parameter, determines the headword automatically.|
||Deprecated in Thesaurus. Preferred template: |
||"beauty" in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911.|
||Sense: glad; in a good mood||Used after the third level heading for the part of speech.|
Linking from mainspace to Thesaurus entries:
* See also Thesaurus:headwordto the "Synonyms" section, or to the "Hyponyms" section if the Wikisaurus entry contains mainly hyponyms.
The current title of the project is "Thesaurus" and "Wiktionary Thesaurus". Before mid-2017, it was "Wikisaurus". Alternatives considered include "Wikithesaurus". In the past, WikiSaurus spelling with capital 'S' must have existed at some point.
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Things to do:
Lists of all Thesaurus entries:
Discussions about Thesaurus are scattered across various pages. In the future, they should better take place in Beer Parlour, a general policy discussion room.
Pages with discussions:
For more discussions, see #Beer parlour.
Discussions about Thesaurus at Beer parlour:
The following list is highly incomplete.
An index to this page: