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The Devil's Dictionary review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB É ➾ The Devil's Dictionary Download ➹ Author Ambrose Bierce – Born in Ohio in journalist short story writer and critic Ambrose Bierce developed into one of this country s most celebrated and cynical wits a merciless American Swift O laugh will love The Devil s Dictionary Anyone looking The Devil's PDFEPUB or for a bon mot to enliven their next speech paper or conversation will have a field day thumbing through what H L Mencken called some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English languag. The Devil s Dictionary is an interesting very intellectually cynical collection of proposed definitions to words collected by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce a journalist writer Civil War veteran and general misanthrope who disappeared without a trace in Mexico about 1914 In the words of HL Mencken Bierce has produced some of the most gorgeous witticism of the English language Bierce delights in irreverence and poking fun at all aspects of lifeBierce s own definition of dictionary gives some insight into his general thought patterns Dictionary n A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic This dictionary however is a most useful work This would lead us to conclude most correctly that Bierce is a world class cynic What is a cynic Cynic n A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic s eyes to improve his vision Originally published under the title The Cynic s Word Book most of the definitions in this book originally appeared as part newspaper columns There have been many imitators but this is the first and finest collection Arranged as a dictionary it provides an interesting writer s tool for finding a uniue perspective on words and phrases There are than 1000 entries A few examples include Outdo vt To make an enemy Universalist n One who foregoes the advantage of a Hell for persons of another faith Fair warning those who do not like cynicism and scathing wit will find this book irritating and sometimes offensive Bierce is a product of his generation political correctness wasn t in vogue then and even if it had been Bierce would have been one of the sharpest criticsAs a Christian priest I take great delight in the insights from Bierce s criticism of religion in general and Christianity in particular Christian n One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the needs of his neighbor One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin Why does this ring so true Of course there is the old adage that if you scratch a cynic you ll find an idealist Bierce would undoubtedly have described himself as a realist but buried beneath many layers of cynicism one can sense the idealismWhy did Bierce go to Mexico Perhaps his underlying idealism led him to a country that was awash in revolutionary ideas perhaps those ideas are what cost him his life Perhaps he went underground It is possible we will never knowThe publisher of this volume one of but many reprints of the text over time says The caustic aphorisms collected in The Devil s Dictionary helped earn Ambrose Bierce the epithets Bitter Bierce the Devil s Lexicographer and the Wickedest Man in San Francisco The words he shaped into verbal pitchforks a century ago with or without the devil s help can still draw blood today This book is very useful for generating ideas for writing and reflection It is a good counterpoint to guides to positive thinking kinds of material and can serve as a tempering agent on such collections

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Born in Ohio in journalist short story writer and critic Ambrose Bierce developed into one of this country s most celebrated and cynical wits a merciless American Swift whose literary barbs were aimed at folly self delusion politics business religion literature and. Regretting buying it Will probably recycle it Embarrassed that any of my friends may have looked at it over the week or two that it was in my house

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The Devil's DictionaryThe arts In this splendid dictionary of epigrams essays verses and vignettes you ll find over pointed definitions eg Congratulation The civility of envy Coward One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs and Historian A broad gauge gossip Anyone who likes t. If you want to feel like a farmer labouring to winnow the chaff from the wheat then buy this book On the other hand if you just want to savour the ultimate pithy uotes of unvarnished truth from a world renown cynic find a site that specializes in such uotes and feast on their politically incorrect wisdom Personally I found so much chaff in this over rated book of uotes that it made locating the gems an onerous task that naturally detracted from their enjoyment