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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
DELUGE
DENTIST

DELUSION

-n.

The father of a most respectable family, comprising Enthusiasm, Affection, Self-denial, Faith, Hope, Charity and many other goodly sons and daughters.

 All hail, Delusion! Were it not for thee
The world turned topsy-turvy we should see;
For Vice, respectable with cleanly fancies,
Would fly abandoned Virtue's gross advances

- Mumfrey Mappel