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The right dictionary

I just found a post on using the right dictionary and I immediately had to review its reference: You’re probably using the wrong dictionary by James Somers. I don’t regret it. The core message is that we shall not only use dictionaries to find the meaning of words we don’t know, but to use them to enrich our prose. I never considered there would be such a dictionary that allows for such kind task. James presents the Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, unfortunately that link is broken. Nevertheless he provides a link to download the dictionary, it a standard format for dictionaries.

After unzipping the file there is a second file that needs to be expanded stardict-dictd-web1913-2.4.2.tar.bz2, that one contains the dictionary. To use it the GoldenDict package can be used. Detailed instructions for configuring it are here