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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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The infidel definition is absurd.
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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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Example Indentation, all examples should be specific. Hiding Zero Contex.Examples-
* 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. Please add context before un-commenting. * 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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This is one of his most famous ones.
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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. [...]
19th Sep '13 11:14:11 PM WillBGood
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Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/incompossible#ixzz2fPXDDIe0
19th Sep '13 11:14:11 PM WillBGood
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