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The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary If we could only put aside our civil pose and say what we really thought, the world would be a lot like the one alluded to in The Unabridged Devil s Dictionary There, a bore is a person who talks when you wish him to listen, and happiness is an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another This is the most comprehensive, authoritative edition ever of Ambrose Bierce s satiric masterpiece It renders obsolete all other versions that have appeared in the book s ninety year historyA virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil s Dictionary offers some , wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life Little is sacred and few are safe, for Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forthThis new edition is based on David E Schultz and S T Joshi s exhaustive investigation into the book s writing and publishing history All of Bierce s known satiric definitions are here, including previously uncollected, unpublished, and alternative entries Definitions dropped from previous editions have been restored while nearly two hundred wrongly attributed to Bierce have been excised For dedicated Bierce readers, an introduction and notes are also includedAmbrose Bierce s Devil s Dictionary is a classic that stands alongside the best work of satirists such as Twain, Mencken, and Thurber This unabridged edition will be celebrated by humor fans and word lovers everywhere

About the Author: Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce 1842 1914 was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil s Dictionary The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto nothing matters earned him the nickname Bitter Bierce Despite his reputation as a searing critic, however, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including poet George Sterling and fiction writer W C Morrow Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories This style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, the theme of war, and impossible events.Bierce disappeared in December 1913 He is believed to have traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country s ongoing revolution.

10 thoughts on “The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

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    goodreads, n Website designed to prevent people who enjoy books from finding time to read, v.i. Demonstrate, through a short essay, appreciation for one s own wit.

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    Ambrose Bierce was an American cynic A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be and wit The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out This, his most famous Conspicuously miserable and enduring work, started as a we

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    The Devil s Dictionary, Ambrose BierceThe Devil s Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer Ambrose Bierce consisting of common words followed by humorous and satirical definitions The lexicon was written over three decades as a series of installments for

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    For years now, I ve kept the following definition tacked to my cubicle wall EDITOR, n A person who combines the judicial functions of Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, but is placable with an obolus a severely virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that he tolerates the virtues of others and the vices of hims

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    There may be none, outside of perhaps Rabelais, who may so decorously handle the refuse of the world The Devil s Dictionary is a guidebook for the mind of man, and perhaps a certain delicacy becomes necessary when exploring something so rude and unappealing There is perhaps no greater illustration that the answer of

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    Hi, my name is Ambrose Bierce Chances are, you have never heard of me Or, if so, likely from my Devil s Dictionary, which I will quote in parentheses throughout this column I was once an idealistic youth I even believed in Santa Claus when I was a small child But when my mother told me the truth, I was very angry with her

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    CYNIC, 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 improve his vision A hundred years before Twitter and other social media, uber cynic and epic tough old guy Ambrose Bierce found a way to say everything he meant, ugly

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    I know I know this is not a real dictionary, but I read the entries randomly, and sometimes I checked a word if there was an amusing definition when I was skimming reading this book That s why I put it as reference.I am tempted to put it on read shelf, but I admit I haven t read all of the definitions.

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    Absolutely inspired Bierce s wit is a literary scalpel honed to a fineness that can slice exceptionalism at the molecular level Of a kind with the mighty Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary, though featuring fewer multi paragraph cannonades of cutting, even cruel wit in lieu ofbroadly aimed and concisely barbed thrusts Finding myself stuck

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    The blurb of my copy sufficiently covers what to expect from this book Originally entitled The Cynic s Word Book, it is an irreverent word book of cynical and sardonic wit To provide however aaccurate expectation of the iconoclastic definitions and passages herein contained, here s Bierce s rendition of the Demagogue Thou shalt no God but me ado

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