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The Devil's Dictionary: Consul

by Ambrose Bierce CONSOLATIONCONSULTCONSUL -n. In American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he…

Consulate

(Encyclopedia) Consulate, 1799–1804, in French history, form of government established after the coup of 18 Brumaire (Nov. 9–10, 1799), which ended the Directory. Three consuls were appointed to rule…

Shimoda

(Encyclopedia) Shimoda shm´dä, town (1990 pop. 30,081), Shizuoka prefecture, E central Honshu, Japan, at the south extremity of Izu peninsula, on Shimoda Bay. It is an important port for the…

Brumaire

(Encyclopedia) Brumaire brümâr´, second month of the French Revolutionary calendar. The coup of 18 (actually 18–19) Brumaire (Nov. 9–10, 1799), engineered chiefly by Sieyès, overthrew the Directory…

Sapele

(Encyclopedia) Sapele sp´l, city (1991 est. pop. 123,000), S Nigeria, a port in the Niger delta. The center of the Nigerian timber industry, Sapele has sawmills and a large plywood and veneer…

Lokoja

(Encyclopedia) Lokoja lkjä´, town (1987 est. pop. 45,600), central Nigeria, at the junction of the Niger and Benue rivers. Lokoja is the trade and distribution center for an agricultural (chiefly…

Cadoudal, Georges

(Encyclopedia) Cadoudal, Georges zhôrzh kädoodäl´, 1771–1804, French royalist conspirator. A commander of the Chouans, he led the counterrevolutionists in the Vendée. He fled to England in 1801…

plebs

(Encyclopedia) plebs plbz or plebeiansplb´nz [Lat. plebs=people], general body of Roman citizens, as distinct from the patrician class. They lacked, at first, most of the patrician rights, but…

Royer-Collard, Pierre Paul

(Encyclopedia) Royer-Collard, Pierre Paul pyr pl rwäy´-kô-lär´, 1763–1845, French statesman and philosopher. After entering the law, he took part in the French Revolution and became a…

Récamier, Juliette

(Encyclopedia) Récamier, Juliette zhülyt´ rkämy´, 1777–1849, celebrated French beauty and social figure, née Jeanne Françoise Julie Adelaïde Bernard. At 15 she married Jacques Récamier, a wealthy…