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The Devil's Dictionary: Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce DICTATORDIEDICTIONARY -n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful w…

The Devil's Dictionary: B

by Ambrose Bierce ACBBAALBABE or BABYBACCHUSBACKBACKBITEBAITBAPTISMBAROMETERBARRACKBASILISKBASTINADOBATHBATTLEBEARDBEAUTYBEFRIENDBEGBEGGARBEHAVIORBELLADONNABENEDICTINESBENEFACTORBERENICE'S HAIRBIGAMY…

The Devil's Dictionary: M

by Ambrose Bierce LNMMACEMACHINATIONMACROBIANMADMAGDALENEMAGICMAGNETMAGNETISMMAGNIFICENTMAGNITUDEMAGPIEMAIDENMAJESTYMALEMALEFACTORMALTHUSIANMAMMALIAMAMMONMANMANESMANICHEISMMANNAMARRIAGEMARTYRMATERIAL…

The Devil's Dictionary: G

by Ambrose Bierce FHGGALLOWSGARGOYLEGARTHERGENEROUSGENEALOGYGENTEELGEOGRAPHERGEOLOGYGHOSTGHOULGLUTTONGNOMEGNOSTICSGNUGOODGOOSEGORGONGOUTGRACESGRAMMARGRAPEGRAPESHOTGRAVEGRAVITATIONGREATGUILLOTINEGUNPO…

The Devil's Dictionary: I

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 first p…

The Devil's Dictionary: H

by Ambrose Bierce GIHHABEAS CORPUSHABITHADESHAGHALFHALOHANDHANDKERCHIEFHANGMANHAPPINESSHARANGUEHARBORHARMONISTSHASHHATCHETHATREDHEAD-MONEYHEARSEHEARTHEATHEATHENHEAVENHEBREWHELPMATEHEMPHERMITHERSHIBER…

The Devil's Dictionary: A

by Ambrose Bierce Author's PrefaceBAABASEMENTABATISABDICATIONABDOMENABILITYABNORMALABORIGINIESABRACADABRA.ABRIDGEABRUPTABSCONDABSENTABSENTEEABSOLUTEABSTAINERABSURDITYACADEMEACADEMYACCIDENTACCOMPLICEA…

The Devil's Dictionary: R

by Ambrose Bierce QSRRABBLERACKRANKRANSOMRAPACITYRAREBITRASCALRASCALITYRASHRATIONALRATTLESNAKERAZORREACHREADINGRADICALISMRADIUMRAILROADRAMSHACKLEREALISMREALITYREALLYREARREASONREASONREASONABLEREBELREC…

The Devil's Dictionary: O

by Ambrose Bierce NPOOATHOBLIVIONOBSERVATORYOBSESSEDOBSOLETEOBSTINATEOCCASIONALOCCIDENTOCEANOFFENSIVEOLDOLEAGINOUSOLYMPIANOMENONCEOPERAOPIATEOPPORTUNITYOPPOSEOPPOSITIONOPTIMISMOPTIMISTORATORYORPHANOR…