History Literature / TheDevilsDictionary

12th Sep '16 9:58:38 AM Morgenthaler
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A perennial favorite of [[{{Atheism}} atheists,]] [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynics,]] [[{{Troll}} denizens of Encyclopedia Dramatica]], and good old-fashioned depressed people, it's considered by some to be a ''bona fide'' classic of American literature, although it isn't very well known in the mainstream and never achieved the notoriety of similar works, such as the writings of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe and Creator/HPLovecraft. In a nutshell, ''The Devil's Dictionary'' is a dictionary that claims to present the "true" definitions of words, or rather the ''concepts'' said words supposedly represent, free of the superficial and hypocritical connotations they've gained throughout their years in the zeitgeist. As expected of Bitter Bierce, the vast majority of these paint even universally benevolent concepts (like "friendship") in a very grim light, often accompanied by poems or rhymes written by Bierce under a series of bizarre and cryptic aliases. Bierce had fierce hatred for mediocrity, common morality and religion, and his frequent jabs caused a great deal of controversy.

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A perennial favorite of [[{{Atheism}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Atheism}} atheists,]] [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynics,]] [[{{Troll}} denizens of Encyclopedia Dramatica]], and good old-fashioned depressed people, it's considered by some to be a ''bona fide'' classic of American literature, although it isn't very well known in the mainstream and never achieved the notoriety of similar works, such as the writings of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe and Creator/HPLovecraft. In a nutshell, ''The Devil's Dictionary'' is a dictionary that claims to present the "true" definitions of words, or rather the ''concepts'' said words supposedly represent, free of the superficial and hypocritical connotations they've gained throughout their years in the zeitgeist. As expected of Bitter Bierce, the vast majority of these paint even universally benevolent concepts (like "friendship") in a very grim light, often accompanied by poems or rhymes written by Bierce under a series of bizarre and cryptic aliases. Bierce had fierce hatred for mediocrity, common morality and religion, and his frequent jabs caused a great deal of controversy.
11th Jun '16 1:17:45 AM Morgenthaler
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--->'''Incompossible''', ''n''. Unable to exist if something else exists. Two things are incompossible when the world of being has scope enough for one of them, but not enough for both -- as WaltWhitman's poetry and God's mercy to man. [...]

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--->'''Incompossible''', ''n''. Unable to exist if something else exists. Two things are incompossible when the world of being has scope enough for one of them, but not enough for both -- as WaltWhitman's Creator/WaltWhitman's poetry and God's mercy to man. [...]
9th Nov '15 8:28:23 AM TrustBen
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-->'''Logic''', ''n''. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
9th Jun '14 8:23:19 AM Rubicon
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* OverlyLongGag: The definition of infidel clearly follows this trope.
28th Mar '14 6:21:21 AM KorKhan
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* AndIMustScream
* AndZoidberg: Man "multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada."

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* AndIMustScream
%%* AndIMustScream. Please add context before un-commenting.
* AndZoidberg: Man "multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada."Canada".



* BrokenAesop
* BrutalHonesty
* BlackComedy

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* BrokenAesop
BrutalHonesty: Bierce wrote the dictionary as a Juvenalian satire on all the hypocrisies of the civilised world, and does not pull any punches.
* BrutalHonesty
BlackComedy: On show throughout. See, for example, the entry on "homicide".
* BlackComedyComedicSociopathy
-->'''Happiness''', ''n''. An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.



* GodIsEvil

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* GodIsEvil%%* GodIsEvil. Please add context before un-commenting



* HurricaneOfPuns

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* HurricaneOfPunsHurricaneOfPuns: Many, e.g. the above definition of "harangue".



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Most of the poetry is quite self-evidently written by Bierce, but he gives fake names for its "writers."

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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Most of the poetry is quite self-evidently written by Bierce, but he gives fake names for its "writers.""writers".



-->'''Die''', ''n''. The singular of "dice." We seldom hear the word, because there is a prohibitory proverb, "Never say die." At long intervals, however, some one says: "The die is cast," which is not true, for it is cut. [...]

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-->'''Die''', ''n''. The singular of "dice." "dice". We seldom hear the word, because there is a prohibitory proverb, "Never say die." die". At long intervals, however, some one says: "The die is cast," cast", which is not true, for it is cut. [...]



* SpoofAesop

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* SpoofAesop%%* SpoofAesop. Please add context before un-commenting.



* TakeThat: At Romanticism in general, but especially vicious against concepts of love and faith.
** And then there's this very specific target:

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* TakeThat: At Romanticism in general, but especially vicious against concepts of love and faith.
** And then there's
faith. For example, this very specific target:



** The whole dictionary, really.
25th Feb '14 7:42:39 PM Fireblood
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** The whole dictionary, really.
25th Feb '14 7:40:32 PM Fireblood
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* DarkerAndEdgier--not a trope you expect to see applied to dictionaries, but there it is.

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* DarkerAndEdgier--not DarkerAndEdgier: Not a trope you expect to see applied to dictionaries, but there it is.



* {{Parody}}: Of the ''dictionary'' of all things
* RhymesOnADime - most of his poems.

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* {{Parody}}: Of the ''dictionary'' of all things
things.
* RhymesOnADime - most RhymesOnADime: Most of his poems.



* TakeAThirdOption - Whenever confronted with two opposing worldviews (atheism and Christianity, communism and capitalism, rationalism and mysticism) Bierce typically heaped scorn on both.
* TakeThat - at Romanticism in general, but especially vicious against concepts of love and faith.

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* TakeAThirdOption - TakeAThirdOption: Whenever confronted with two opposing worldviews (atheism and Christianity, communism and capitalism, rationalism and mysticism) Bierce typically heaped scorn on both.
* TakeThat - at TakeThat: At Romanticism in general, but especially vicious against concepts of love and faith.
30th Jan '14 6:17:05 PM karstovich2
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->CORPORATION, n.
-->An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
5th Nov '13 6:58:13 PM Chabal2
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* AwfulWeddedLife: But of course.
-->'''HUSBAND''', ''n''. One who, having dined, is charged with the care of the plate.
-->'''MARRIAGE''', ''n''. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.
-->'''WEDDING''', ''n''. A ceremony at which two persons undertake to become one, one undertakes to become nothing, and nothing undertakes to become supportable.
-->'''YOKE''', ''n.'' An implement, madam, to whose Latin name, jugum, we owe one of the most illuminating words in our language -- a word that defines the matrimonial situation with precision, point and poignancy. A thousand apologies for withholding it.
19th Sep '13 11:14:55 PM WillBGood
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--->'''Incompossible''', ''n''. Unable to exist if something else exists. Two things are incompossible when the world of being has scope enough for one of them, but not enough for both -- as WaltWhitman's poetry and God's mercy to man.

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--->'''Incompossible''', ''n''. Unable to exist if something else exists. Two things are incompossible when the world of being has scope enough for one of them, but not enough for both -- as WaltWhitman's poetry and God's mercy to man. [...]
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