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ARCHBISHOP
ARCHBISHOP, n. An ecclesiastical dignitary one point holier than a bishop. If I were a jolly archbishop, On Fridays I'd eat all the fish up — Salmon and flounders and smelts; More…
ARCHITECT
ARCHITECT, n. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.
ARDOR
ARDOR, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge.
ARENA
ARENA, n. In politics, an imaginary rat-pit in which the statesman wrestles with his record.
ARISTOCRACY
ARISTOCRACY, n. Government by the best men. (In this sense the word is obsolete; so is that kind of government.) Fellows that wear downy hats and clean shirts — guilty of education More…
ARMOR
ARMOR, n. The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith.
ARRAYED
ARRAYED, pp. Drawn up and given an orderly disposition, as a rioter hanged to a lamppost.
ARREST
ARREST, v.t. Formally to detain one accused of unusualness. God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh. _The More…
ARSENIC
ARSENIC, n. A kind of cosmetic greatly affected by the ladies, whom it greatly affects in turn. "Eat arsenic? Yes, all you get," Consenting, he did speak up; More…
ART
ART, n. This word has no definition. Its origin is related as follows by the ingenious Father Gassalasca Jape, S.J. One day a wag — what would the wretch be at? — Shifted a More…
ARTLESSNESS
ARTLESSNESS, n. A certain engaging quality to which women attain by long study and severe practice upon the admiring male, who is pleased to fancy it resembles the candid simplicity of More…
The Devil's dictionary from 1911 University Dictionaries
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