The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written through American journalist and writer Ambrose Bierce. initially released in 1906 because the Cynic's observe e-book, it positive aspects Bierce's witty and sometimes ironic spin on many universal English phrases. Retitled in 1911, it's been by way of a number of "unabridged" models compiled after Bierce's loss of life, which come with definitions absent from previous variants.

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In a large number of counsellors there's wisdom," saith the proverb. If many males of equivalent person knowledge are wiser than anybody of them, it has to be that they gather the surplus of knowledge by way of the mere act of having jointly. Whence comes it? evidently from nowhere—as good say variety of mountains is greater than the one mountains composing it. a large number is as clever as its wisest member if it obey him; if no longer, it's no wiser than its such a lot silly. MUMMY, n. An historic Egyptian, previously in common use between smooth civilized international locations as drugs, and now engaged in providing paintings with a good pigment. he's convenient, too, in museums in enjoyable the vulgar interest that serves to tell apart guy from the reduce animals. through the mother, mankind, it really is stated, Attests to the gods its appreciate for the lifeless. We plunder his tomb, be he sinner or saint, Distil him for physic and grind him for paint, convey for cash his negative, shrunken body, And with levity flock to the scene of the disgrace. O, inform me, ye gods, for using my rhyme: For respecting the lifeless what is the restrict of time? Scopas Brune MUSTANG, n. An indocile horse of the western plains. In English society, the yankee spouse of an English nobleman. MYRMIDON, n. A follower of Achilles—particularly while he did not lead. MYTHOLOGY, n. The physique of a primitive people's ideals bearing on its beginning, early background, heroes, deities etc, as amazing from the genuine bills which it invents later. N NECTAR, n. A drink served at banquets of the Olympian deities. the key of its instruction is misplaced, however the sleek Kentuckians think that they arrive beautiful just about an information of its leader element. Juno drank a cup of nectar, however the draught didn't impact her. Juno drank a cup of rye— Then she undesirable herself goodbye. J. G. NEGRO, n. The piece de resistance within the American political challenge. Representing him via the letter n, the Republicans start to construct their equation hence: "Let n = the white guy. " This, notwithstanding, seems to be to offer an unsatisfactory resolution. NEIGHBOR, n. One whom we're commanded to like as ourselves, and who does all he is aware tips to make us disobedient. NEPOTISM, n. Appointing your grandmother to place of work for the great of the get together. NEWTONIAN, adj. bearing on a philosophy of the universe invented by way of Newton, who came across that an apple will fall to the floor, yet was once not able to assert why. His successors and disciples have complicated as far as in an effort to say whilst. NIHILIST, n. A Russian who denies the life of whatever yet Tolstoi. The chief of the varsity is Tolstoi. NIRVANA, n. within the Buddhist faith, a nation of pleasant annihilation provided to the clever, relatively to these clever adequate to appreciate it. NOBLEMAN, n. Nature's provision for filthy rich American minds formidable to incur social contrast and endure excessive lifestyles. NOISE, n. A stench within the ear. Undomesticated tune. the executive product and authenticating signal of civilization. NOMINATE, v. To designate for the heaviest political evaluate.

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