DICCIONARIO DEL DIABLO AMBROSE BIERCE PDF

A Abandonado, s. El que no tiene favores que otorgar. Desprovisto de fortuna. Acto mediante el cual un soberano demuestra percibir la alta temperatura del trono. Abdomen, s.

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Shelves: humour , language-related , canada-and-usa Ambrose Bierce was an American cynic A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be and wit The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out. I think the earlier title is more apt, though the final Ambrose Bierce was an American cynic A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be and wit The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.

I think the earlier title is more apt, though the final choice was probably more provocative at the time. You will find aphorisms Predigested wisdom aplenty, along with poems and quotes from other writers.

Many of the entries reflect his views on politics A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage , on religion A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable and lawyers One skilled in circumvention of the law.

The political ones are still remarkably relevant today. There are also oddly prosaic words like kilt A costume sometimes worn by Scotchmen in America and Americans in Scotland and dentist A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket and custard A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen, the cow and the cook. A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

A dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go golfing fishing. The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.

In Dr. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first. Religion PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.

FAITH, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. The state or condition of a criminal whose counsel has fixed the jury. DICE, n. Small polka-dotted cubes of ivory, constructed like a lawyer to lie on any side, but commonly on the wrong one. JUDGE, n. A person who is always interfering in disputes in which he has no personal interest.

An official whose functions, as a great legal luminary recently informed a body of local law-students, very closely resemble those of God. An unconventional kind of animal which in shape is farther than any other from being the square of its base. It is assisted in jumping by its tail which makes very good soup. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. ALONE, adj. In bad company.

An officer of certain governments, employed to suppress the works of genius. Among the Romans the censor was an inspector of public morals, but the public morals of modern nations will not bear inspection. Literally a freedman; hence, one who is in bondage to his passions. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. LOVE, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder… It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.

WHITE, adj. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. The doctrine, or belief, that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong… It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious. BIRTH, n. The first and direst of all disasters. The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth — two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.

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