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French Possessions

Bassas da India (0.1 sq mi, 0.2 sq km), a French possession since 1897, is an uninhabited volcanic atoll off the southeastern coast of Africa in the Mozambique channel. Map of Ba…

Shaemas O Sheel: He whom a Dream hath possessed

He whom a Dream hath possessedShaemas O SheelHe whom a dream hath possessed knoweth no more of doubting, For mist and the blowing of winds and the mouthing of words he scorns; Not the sinuous …

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…

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…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce ACCORDIONACCUSEACCOUNTABILITY -n. The mother of caution. "My accountability, bear in mind," Said the Grand Vizier: "Yes, yes," Said the Shah: "I do — 'tis th…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce FIDELITYFLAGFINANCE -n. The art or science of managing revenues and resources for the best advantage of the manager. The pronunciation of this word with the i long and the…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce OVERWORKOYSTEROWE -v To have (and to hold) a debt. The word formerly signified not indebtedness, but possession; it meant "own," and in the minds of debtors there is still…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce PROOF-READERPROPHECYPROPERTY -n. Any material thing, having no particular value, that may be held by A against the cupidity of B. Whatever gratifies the passion for posses…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce PLEBISCITEPLEONASMPLENIPOTENTIARY -adj. Having full power. A Minister Plenipotentiary is a diplomatist possessing absolute authority on condition that he never exert it. …