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5.0 out of 5 stars A dictionary for the realist
If you find that the art of good communication has been transformed into the art of obfuscation, then this is the remedy to your confusion and annoyance. Bierce's clarity of thought, his wit and his cynical eye make The Devil's Dictionary a source of joy for the realist and those not enamoured of hypocrisy. But be warned, Bierce is even-handed: your prejudices will be...
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1.0 out of 5 stars History revised
This version has been revised to make it more PC for our times. Whoever did this missed the point entirely. This is a shameful hatchet job on the author's original work.

The Dover thrift version is a better purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dictionary for the realist, 23 Feb 2012
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If you find that the art of good communication has been transformed into the art of obfuscation, then this is the remedy to your confusion and annoyance. Bierce's clarity of thought, his wit and his cynical eye make The Devil's Dictionary a source of joy for the realist and those not enamoured of hypocrisy. But be warned, Bierce is even-handed: your prejudices will be exposed and punctured, and you smile as he deals it a heavy blow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satire is alive and kicking, 17 April 2009
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Two years short of its centenary, this book is as relevant as ever it was, and wickedly funny to boot. Try this for size:
POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

Now if that's not relevant to today's political arena, then I'm a lawyer.
LAWYER, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.

Essential reading. Enough said.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cynical as hell and unfailingly funny, 22 May 2014
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These satirical definitions show Bierce's wit and disenchantment with other people's enthusiasms at his very best.
From mocking editors, politicians, critics, to giving his own sardonic meaning to everyday words, Bierce provides a whole new vocabulary to anyone seeking to compose invective or just be wittier.
Examples:
HARANGUE: A speech by an opponent, who is known as an harangue-otang
PURITAN: A pious gentleman, who believed in letting all people do as -he- liked
CONSERVATIVE: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace
them with others.
Nobody escapes his eye for the ridiculous or his acerbic pen, which makes splendid fun of philosophical ideas (Nihilist: A Russian who denies the existence of anything but Tolstoi. The Leader of the school is Tolstoi.), medicine (Gout: a physician's name for the rheumatism of a rich patient), religion (Orthodox: An ox wearing the popular religious yoke), prohibition (Rum: Temperance word for all drinks except tea and water), and drops numerous verses and anecdotes to amuse his readers and win them to his cynical thinking.
I'd suggest this as a great resource for journalists (Reporter: A writer who guesses his way to the truth and dispels it with a tempest of words) and comedians, and a great read for anyone who likes a good laugh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly sly!, 12 Sep 2009
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A breath of fresh air considering the times it was written in! Bierce turns ordinary words into little acid anecdotes about the human condition; think of Ms Dorothy Parker Vs Spike Milligan! How on earth he got away with some of the interpretations in such a time is unbelievable! A book to dip into now and again and a laugh out loud tour de force of down to earth take-it-of-leave-it wisdom, a must for any bookshelf. DMF
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed, 28 Aug 2013
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Great book, very funny and easy just to pick and put down when you have a couple of minutes. Many entries are laugh out loud.
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1.0 out of 5 stars History revised, 18 Aug 2014
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This version has been revised to make it more PC for our times. Whoever did this missed the point entirely. This is a shameful hatchet job on the author's original work.

The Dover thrift version is a better purchase.
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