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The Devil's Dictionary: Benedictines

by Ambrose Bierce
BELLADONNA
BENEFACTOR

BENEDICTINES

-n.

An order of monks otherwise known as black friars.

She thought it a crow, but it turn out to be
A monk of St. Benedict croaking a text.
"Here's one of an order of cooks," said she —
"Black friars in this world, fried black in the next."

"The Devil on Earth" (London, 1712)

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