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The Devil's Dictionary (Dover Thrift Editions) (original 1906; edition 1993)
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (1906)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486275426, Paperback)
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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Hundreds of pointed definitions, maxims, apocryphal quotations, and satirical verses attest to the power of the author's delightful, incisive wit.
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