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Ambrose Bierce
(1842-1914) born on
Jun 24
US journalist, short-story writer. He was a noted wit, satirist and sardonic short story writer who disappeared while covering the Mexican revolution.
         
   
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ABILITY, n. The natural equipment to accomplish some small part of the meaner ambitions distinguishing able men from dead ones. In the last analysis ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.

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ABSTAINER, n. A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.
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ABNORMAL, adj. Not conforming to standard. In matters of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested. Wherefore the lexicographer adviseth a striving toward the straiter [sic] resemblance of the Average Man
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ABRIDGE, v.t. To shorten.
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ACCUSE, v.t. To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Devil's Dictionary, 1911.
R: The Devil's Dictionary, 1911.
A: The Devil's Dictionary, 1911.
N: The Devil's Dictionary, 1911.
K: The Devil's Dictionary, 1911.
   


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