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1 Bierce's "The Devil's Dictionary"
The following definitions are from "The Devil's Dictionary", compiled by American journalist and writer Ambrose Bierce. You need to supply the missing word or phrase. (Hint: Don't forget that he was known as a cynical pessimist.)
10 Q
Jun 29 13
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2 Ambrose Bierce's "The Devil's Dictionary"
Ambrose Bierce's "The Devil's Dictionary" is a lexicon of sardonic, ironic, and bitingly humorous definitions written by Bierce during his long career.
10 Q
Jul 30 12
171 plays
3 The Devil's Dictionary
The Devil's Dictionary is a collection of sharp, witty and cynical definitions by Ambrose Bierce, so bear this in mind when answering the questions. For example, his definition of a Coward, is 'One, who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.'
10 Q
Oct 27 01
885 plays
4 The Boarded Window
Ambrose Bierce seems to have been very eccentric and most of his stories deal with death. "The Boarded Window" is one of his better known works.
10 Q
Mar 03 08
153 plays
5 A Horseman in the Sky
This is a typical story by Ambrose Bierce, who was anything but a typical author. He was a cynical storyteller and a master of irony.
10 Q
Apr 17 08
162 plays
6 "Devil's Dictionary" definitions
Ambrose Bierce (1842-?) (motto: "nothing matters"), great - and rare - American satirist. Here are some definitions from his most famous work; you have to guess which word he's defining. The interesting info contains some more of his biting wit.
25 Q
Jan 29 05
393 plays
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