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Devils

(in Dante's Divine Comedy): Alichino (The allurer.) Barbariccia. (The malicious.) Calcobrina. (The grace-scorner.) Caynazzo. (The snarler.) Ciriato Sannuto. (The tusked boar.) Dragnignazzo…

Devil

Represented with a cloven foot, because by the Rabbinical writers he is called seirissim (a goat). As the goat is a type of uncleanness, the prince of unclean spirits is aptly represented u…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce OQPPAINPAINTINGPALACEPALMPALMISTRYPANDEMONIUMPANTALOONSPANTHEISMPANTOMIMEPARDONPASSPORTPASTPASTIMEPATIENCEPATRIOTPATRIOTISMPEACEPEDESTRIANPEDIGREEPENITENTPERFECTIONPERIPATET…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce Author's PrefaceBAABASEMENTABATISABDICATIONABDOMENABILITYABNORMALABORIGINIESABRACADABRA.ABRIDGEABRUPTABSCONDABSENTABSENTEEABSOLUTEABSTAINERABSURDITYACADEMEACADEMYACCIDENTACC…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce BDCCAABACABBAGECALAMITYCALLOUSCALUMNUSCAMELCANNIBALCANNONCANONICALSCAPITALCARMELITECARNIVOROUSCARTESIANCATCAVILERCEMETERYCENTAURCERBERUSCHILDHOODCHRISTIANCIRCUSCLAIRVOYANTCL…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce QSRRABBLERACKRANKRANSOMRAPACITYRAREBITRASCALRASCALITYRASHRATIONALRATTLESNAKERAZORREACHREADINGRADICALISMRADIUMRAILROADRAMSHACKLEREALISMREALITYREALLYREARREASONREASONREASONABLE…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce HJI I is the first letter of the alphabet, the first word of the language, the first thought of the mind, the first object of affection. In grammar it is a pronoun of the…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce LNMMACEMACHINATIONMACROBIANMADMAGDALENEMAGICMAGNETMAGNETISMMAGNIFICENTMAGNITUDEMAGPIEMAIDENMAJESTYMALEMALEFACTORMALTHUSIANMAMMALIAMAMMONMANMANESMANICHEISMMANNAMARRIAGEMARTYR…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce NPOOATHOBLIVIONOBSERVATORYOBSESSEDOBSOLETEOBSTINATEOCCASIONALOCCIDENTOCEANOFFENSIVEOLDOLEAGINOUSOLYMPIANOMENONCEOPERAOPIATEOPPORTUNITYOPPOSEOPPOSITIONOPTIMISMOPTIMISTORATORY…