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A Loud Argument

Why yes, technically, the 2nd Amendment also covers cannons…

GRAPESHOT, n. An argument which the future is preparing in answer to the demands of American Socialism.

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Definition of the Day 3-8-18 (Compassion)

COMPASSION, n. Mercy. A virtue so rare in Christian countries that when discovered by chance it is always deemed newsworthy.

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BIGOT, n. One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.

The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce


Definition of the Day 2-23-18 (Piety)

PIETY, n. An uncommonly strong fear of death.

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— from The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded), the 21st-century successor to Ambrose Bierce’s… 11 more words


Like it or not, politics plays a key role in society

In his witty book The Devil’s Dictionary, the late nineteenth social critic and satirist Ambrose Bierce defined politics thusly: “A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. 842 more words


Definition of the Day 2-17-18 (Justice)

JUSTICE, n. A term of vicious mockery, as in “equal justice under the law.”

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— from The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded) 18 more words


Definition of the Day 2-14-18 (Valentine's Day -- Love)

LOVE, n. The recognition of another’s ability to increase one’s happiness; 2) A form of temporary insanity. The cure, as Nietzsche points out, often costs no more than the price of a new pair of eyeglasses; 3) The motivation of religious folk when they inflict pain upon you for your own good. 27 more words