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The Devil's Dictionary (Dover Thrift Editions) [Paperback]

Ambrose Bierce
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1 July 1993 Dover Thrift Editions
Over 1,000 barbed and brilliant definitions by the 19th-century journalist and satirist often called "the American Swift." Congratulations are "the civility of envy." A coward is "one who in an emergency thinks with his legs." A historian is a "broad-gauge gossip," more. H. L. Mencken called these "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486275426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486275420
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining 13 Dec 2003
I have found that this dictionary can serve a number of purposes. It can sit on your bookcase and look interesting, you can read it (in which case you'll probably burst out laughing on occasion) and you can learn parts of it to use as wit in conversation.
The last is the most entertaining and this book is packed full of wit (or maybe just honesty).
So buy it, and buy it now.
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This book is actually as devilish as it looks. I have burst into laughter many times while reading it. The definitions are really creative and shows that the author was very good at observing everything going around him. It tells the truth about the meaning of words, but always with a sense of humour, which they deserve. This dictionary is very entertaining, provocative and, yes, realistic. Mr.Bierce is not afraid to say what the others would not and that is always something I like in an author. It is physically thin but mentally thick, that is, it will provoke you to reconsider the definitions you have in your mind. It is both fun and an eye-opener. Probably the most entertaining dictionary in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diabolically witty 29 Feb 2012
This famous book, though not to everyone's tastes and certainly not PC, is a gem. Written over 100 years ago, it is a compilation of definitions which originally appeared in an American newspaper. Some are long-winded or now obscure, others will offend, but many are wonderfully funny. A cabbage, for example, is defined as' a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and as wise as a man's head'. This is a must buy for the broad-minded and at a ridiculously low price.
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