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The Devil's Dictionary

First published in complete form in 1906, The Devil's Dictionary was written by Ambrose Bierce, a prominent man of letters and general curmudgeon, and an individual who is perhaps best remembered for both his short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," and The Devil's Dictionary. This complete version of The Devil's Dictionary was placed online by Mike Leung, and contains the famous entries that reflect Ambrose Bierce's command of the written word. One sample entry reads as follows: "Absurdity, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion." Another particularly amusing entry is Mr. Bierce's definition of "senate," which read as follows: "A body of elderly gentlemen charged with high duties and misdemeanors." For those unfamiliar with the acerbic quality of Mr. Bierce's not so subtle wit, this site will serve as a nice introduction to his well-honed phrase-turning.
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