logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
The Devil's Dictionary - Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary
by: (author)
4.00 10
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... show more
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. Ambrose Bierce's The 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.The Devil's Dictionary was originally titled The Cynic's Word Book in 1906 and changed to the former title in 1911.
show less
Format: ebook
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Pages no: 168
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Mike's Reviews
Mike's Reviews rated it
4.5 'The Devil's Dictionary' by Ambrose Bierce (1911)
Ambrose Bierce, The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary (London: Penguin Classics, 2001), 324pp Probably one of the most quotable books ever written, The Devil's Dictionary is a gold mine of wit. In essence, it provides amusingly cynical and wry definitions of words. Admittedly, it doesn't always pull it ...
Covered In Rust
Covered In Rust rated it
Reading this book came about after I learned about dailylit.com. I was browsing their selection and saw Bierce’s name. A friend had recommended his horror stories to me years ago but I’d never gotten around to reading any of them. The Devil’s Dictionary is not scary at all but satire at its best.Bie...
Books with a Beu
Books with a Beu rated it
3.0 The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
I recall seeing blurbs from this in email taglines and referenced in many other places throughout the years, so I figured I should finally read the whole thing, cover to cover. Although it is clever in places, it is also dated, both in language and in allusions. This may explain why it is only quo...
Traveller
Traveller rated it
Although the book is great fun, perhaps not so much to a jaded 21st century mind as it must have been when the book was first published. Sorry if I sound a bit crabby compared to the glowing 5-star reviews before this one, but although witty, I just don't find this the wittiest ever, which would ha...
Gypsy Librarian on Books
Gypsy Librarian on Books rated it
4.0 The Devil's Dictionary
This little book is certainly one that must be read. If nothing else, a lot of the definitions that Bierce coined back in his day are very relevant today. There is a blend of cynicism and dark humor in the work. I don't recall now who recommended the book to me; I know it was one of my online friend...
Other editions (116)
Books by Ambrose Bierce
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?