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The Devil's Dictionary: Blackguard

by Ambrose Bierce BIRTHBLANK-VERSEBLACKGUARD -n. A man whose qualities, prepared for display like a box of berries in a market - the fine ones on top - have been opened on the wrong side.?

Brewer's: Black-guards

Those horse-boys and unmilitary folk, such as cooks with their pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils, which travel with an army, and greatly impede its march. Gifford, in his edition of?

Bodenheim, Maxwell

(Encyclopedia) Bodenheim, Maxwell b?d?nh?m, 1893?1954, American novelist and poet, b. Hermanville, Miss. His poetry, which incorporates many techniques of the imagists, is cynical and often dwells?

The Devil's Dictionary: Blank-verse

by Ambrose Bierce BLACKGUARDBODY-SNATCHERBLANK-VERSE -n. Unrhymed iambic pentameters - the most difficult kind of English verse to write acceptably; a kind, therefore, much affected by?

The Devil's Dictionary: Cynic

by Ambrose Bierce CURSECYNIC -n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to?

The Devil's Dictionary: Offensive

by Ambrose Bierce OCEANOLDOFFENSIVE -adj. Generating disagreeable emotions or sensations, as the advance of an army against its enemy. "Were the enemy's tactics offensive?" the king asked?

The Devil's Dictionary: Birth

by Ambrose Bierce BILLINGSGATEBLACKGUARDBIRTH -n. The first and direst of all disasters. As to the nature of it there appears to be no uniformity. Castor and Pollux were born from the egg?

Brewer's: Black

for mourning was a Roman custom (Juvenal, x. 245) borrowed from the Egyptians. Black, in blazonry, means constancy, wisdom, and prudence. Black, in several of the Oriental nations, is a?