The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce


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ISBN-13: 9781987037234
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 92
Sales rank: 628,798
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)

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The Devil's Dictionary 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
younger-self More than 1 year ago
The Devil's Dictionary is required reading for the student of sarcasm and humor. It was written by a bitter intellectual, at a time in history when North America had its share of major problems and the rest of the world was getting closer to facing disasters of every type. Ambrose Bierce was a romantic realist, dissatisfied with politics, with authority, with human nature, with art, but still a believer in all those things. He was the forerunner of European intellectualism, one of the first cult figures in literary history and an inspiration to generations of Don Quijotes as well as the dadaists, existentialists and absurdists of the twentieth century. I strongly believe that writers, politicians and people desiring to be interesting conversationalists will benefit from having this small book nearby.
AnaMardoll More than 1 year ago
The Devil's Dictionary / 978-1-411-43027-3 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 "dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce is witty, scathing, and totally hilarious. In his characteristic style, he dishes out his contempt and distaste for those societal norms which he sees as foolish, hypocritical, and dangerous. This is not a book to read, but - truly - a dictionary to reference whenever the mood takes. The aphorisms ring true, even today, and the only real complaint is that we would wish for so much more - the dictionary is "only" 219 pages long, and while that is quiet a fair lot of words, oh, we wish he could have left us even more... ~ Ana Mardoll
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bierce started The Devils Dictionary as a weekly article written in 1881 in a local San Francisco paper. Yet when you read his comments and observations, you must feel that he truly did not belong to his age, but more to ours!
PuceEmu More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my 16 year old sister who is very capable of being scathing and contemptuous, but also she is very, very witty. With this book she is able to put a different spin on "regular" definitions. Particularly useful for the morbidly comical in an English class, this book provides the darkest definitions for even the brightest of events. "birth is the first day you start dying" type thing. If you take this book seriously, it could make you angry or sad.. but if you use it to make your english papers more entertaining... Use it as a source for any paper in school and it will be hilarious, and a actual source. It was a perfect gift for my sister, just don't take it seriously.
Eruditic More than 1 year ago
The Devil's Dictionary is a great read if you enjoy pointed insights concerning popular culture. However, the book isn't for everyone, since it IS a dictionary, albeit one filled with humorous witticisms, but the definitions are definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to get different definitions for certain words I am using in my first attempt to write. It has very interesting definitions of many words, makes me laugh out loud when I read it.
datrappert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As brilliant as many of the individual definitions are, reading this book from cover to cover is a bit of a chore.
Terpsichoreus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There may be none, outside of perhaps Rabelais, who may so decorously handle the refuse of the world. The Devil's Dictionary is a guidebook for the mind of man, and perhaps a certain delicacy becomes necessary when exploring something so rude and unappealing. There is perhaps no greater illustration that the answer of 'why do bad things happen to good people' is: because it is much funnier that way.
BLyda97112 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with the Dover Thrift Edition of Bierce's caustic and hilarious 'dictionary'. An American classic. Read it.
elfortunawe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. If you're looking to expand your vocabulary, you can do no better. At some times he writes succinctly, allowing his ready wit to strike freely. At other times Bierce' writing assumes a prolixity worthy of the dryest of scholars, giving the dictionary a faux-pomposity which perfectly enhances the ridiculousness of the things he's put on paper.
benjclark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic. If you love words, puns, or concise writing, this is one you'll love. If you're a fan of American Literature in the late 19th Century, this is one of the funniest compilations to come from the period. I'm hoping to find an unabridged version to replace my rinky-dink one. It stands next to Sam'l Johnson on my desk.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
every satirist needs this book. i use it many times through the year.
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Learn proper spelling before giving a "DUMB" stupid!!
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It stinks
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writer_in_progress More than 1 year ago
Interesting if you can get past the format, but largely useless.
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