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Re: what is the easiest way to install a thesaurus feature in emacs?

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: what is the easiest way to install a thesaurus feature in emacs?
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 16:15:17 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Xah Lee <address@hidden> writes:

>> How can I install a thesaurus in emacs?
>> by Torsten Hilbrich
>> which is a interface to, which includes a similar words dict.
> Richard Riley wrote:
>> This seems to be a subset of the excellent dictem package
> i tried it before and somewhat hated it.
> It requires you to install a third party dict software. But it does
> not mention this fact explicitly until you try to install it. I

It seems to be the correct time :-;

> vaguely recall it was originally a modification of Torsten's package,
> but i think it's worse in one important respect because now it
> UNCESSARILY relies on another software.
> dict protocol is a simple text based protocol. Elisp can handle it
> completely, perhaps even better than other langs. It is extremely
> silly to throw away the core of Torsten's engine. Further, if i have
> to install another dict program for accessing online dicts ... i
> really have a million choices, the last would be something from the
> linux world.
> i can also simply have few lines of elisp so that i can have emacs as
> interface to access any web based dict thru w3 engine.
> somehow i find dictem distasteful, perhaps dishonest and technically
> stupid. I could be wrong ...
>   Xah

Yes, the dictd client.

It also features lots of nice pretty printing extensions to provide hot
links in an emacs buffer.

But the original post was targetting *synonyms*. Can either package do

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