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I am looking for free lists of words in multiple languages.

I understand that linux distributions do have such lists in /usr/share/dict. Is it possible to download these from somewhere without having to install linux? Tar balls (or equivalent) would be great. Thanks.

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You can look at GNU's aspell dictionary list

Or simply install the sources for the packages, which will give you what these have been made from.

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There are several free dictionary databases, if I gather correctly that this is what you're after.

The ones Debian GNU/Linux provides (in /usr/share/opendict/dictionaries) are from FreeDict (also see here, and here for tarballs).

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Mike Chirico compiled an enormous English word list. Having such an enormous list can make a difference in some applications.

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