The Devil's Dictionary

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The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary

  • Author: Ambrose Bierce
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria
  • ISBN: 1613106432
  • Category: English language
  • Page: 314
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The Devil's Dictionary (or The Cynic's Wordbook: Unabridged with all the Definitions)

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The Devil's Dictionary (or The Cynic's Wordbook: Unabridged with all the Definitions)

The Devil's Dictionary (or The Cynic's Wordbook: Unabridged with all the Definitions)

  • Author: Ambrose Bierce
  • Publisher: e-artnow
  • ISBN: 8074843955
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 139
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This carefully crafted ebook: "The Devil's Dictionary (or The Cynic's Wordbook: Unabridged with all the Definitions)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The book is a classic satire in the form of a dictionary on which Bierce worked for decades. It was originally published in 1906 as The Cynic's Word Book before being retitled in 1911. A number of the definitions are accompanied by satiric verses, many of which are signed with comic pseudonyms. It offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language which lampoon cant and political double-talk as well as other aspects of human foolishness and frailty. The definitions provide satirical, witty and often politically pointed representations of the words that is seeks to "define". The Devil's Dictionary has inspired many imitations both in its day and more recently. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 – 1914?) was an American satirist, critic, poet, editor and journalist. Bierce became a prolific author of short stories often humorous and sometimes bitter or macabre. His dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce".

The Devil's Dictionary. By: Ambrose Bierce

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The Devil's Dictionary. By: Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary. By: Ambrose Bierce

( Is a Satirical Dictionary)

  • Author: Ambrose Bierce
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781539478003
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  • Page: 122
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The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American journalist and author Ambrose Bierce. Originally published in 1906 as The Cynic's Word Book, it features Bierce's witty and often ironic spin on many common English words. Retitled in 1911, it has been followed by numerous "unabridged" versions compiled after Bierce's death, which include definitions absent from earlier editions. The Devil's Dictionary began as a serialized column during Bierce's time as a columnist for the San Francisco News Letter, a small weekly financial magazine founded by Frederick Marriott in the late 1850s. Although a serious magazine aimed at businessmen, the News Letter contained a page of informal satirical content titled "The Town Crier". Bierce, hired as the "Crier"'s editor in December 1868, wrote satire with such irreverence and lack of inhibition he was nicknamed "the laughing devil of San Francisco". Bierce resigned from "The Town Crier"[when?] and spent three years in London. Returning to San Francisco in 1875, he made two submissions to the News Letter in hopes of regaining his old position. Both were written under aliases. One, entitled "The Demon's Dictionary", contained Bierce's definitions for 48 words. Later forgotten in his compiling of The Devil's Dictionary, they were added almost a century later to an Enlarged Devil's Dictionary published in 1967. Though Bierce's preface to The Devil's Dictionary dates the earliest work to 1881, its origins can be traced to August 1869. Short of material and recently possessed of a Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, he suggested writing a "comic dictionary" for the "Town Crier". To a quote from Webster's entry for "Vicegerents", "Kings are sometimes called God's vicegerents", he added the italicized rejoinder, "It is to be wished they would always deserve the appellation," then suggested Webster might have used his talent to comic effect. Comic definitions were not a regular feature of Bierce's next column ("Prattle", in the magazine The Argonaut, of which he became an editor in March 1877). Nevertheless, he included comic definitions in his columns dated November 17, 1877 and September 14, 1878. It was in early 1881 that Bierce first used the title, The Devil's Dictionary, while editor-in-chief of another weekly San Francisco magazine, The Wasp. The "dictionary" proved popular, and during his time in this post (1881-86) Bierce included 88 installments, each comprising 15-20 new definitions.n 1887, Bierce became an editor of The San Francisco Examiner and introduced "The Cynic's Dictionary". This was to be the last of his "dictionary" columns until 1904, and it continued irregularly until July 1906. A number of the definitions are accompanied by satiric verses, many of which are signed with comic pseudonyms such as "Salder Bupp", "Orm Pludge", and "Father Gassalasca Jape, S.J.

The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

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The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

  • Author: Ambrose Bierce
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • ISBN: 9780820326344
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 440
  • View: 3115
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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 history. A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary offers some 1,600 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 forth. This 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 included. Ambrose 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.

Devil's Dictionary of Education

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Devil's Dictionary of Education

Devil's Dictionary of Education

  • Author: Tyrrell Burgess
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 0826463231
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 146
  • View: 2817
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-A satirical dictionary of key words in education-Inspired by Ambrose Bierce's popular The Devil's Dictionary-The perfect gift for teachersThis A-Z dictionary of educational terms offers funny and thought-provoking definitions of what they *really* mean.a

The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs

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The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs

The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs

  • Author: Ambrose Bierce,S. T. Joshi
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781598531022
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 880
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Features a collection of the most celebrated and significant writings from the Civil War veteran and San Francisco literary figure.

Academic Keywords

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Academic Keywords

Academic Keywords

A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education

  • Author: Cary Nelson,Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Cary Nelson,Stephen Watt,Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Drama Stephen Watt
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415922036
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 336
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Using the format of a dictionary, the authors present stories and reflections on some of the most pressing issues affecting higher education in America.

The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary

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The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary

The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary

  • Author: Ambrose Bierce
  • Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
  • ISBN: 9780141185927
  • Category: English language
  • Page: 323
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The Devil's Dictionary, begun as a weekly column when Bierce was a journalist, and developed into a full-scale satire, is, as he says, a punishment for rascals. Bierce became known as the 'laughing devil' of the San Francisco news media and his lampoons on religion, marriage, politics and society made him both the literary delight and the dreaded scourge of the whole Pacific coast. Written with wit, rather than humour, to be savoured by those 'enlightened souls who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment', The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary demonstrates that if Mark Twain was the great satirist of Southern life, Ambrose Bierce was his equal in the West.