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BAAL
BAAL, n. An old deity formerly much worshiped under various names. As Baal he was popular with the Phoenicians; as Belus or Bel he had the honor to be served by the priest Berosus, who More…
BABE
BABE or :BABY:, n. A misshapen creature of no particular age, sex, or condition, chiefly remarkable for the violence of the sympathies and antipathies it excites in others, itself More…
BACCHUS
BACCHUS, n. A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk. Is public worship, then, a sin, That for devotions paid to Bacchus The lictors dare More…
BACK
BACK, n. That part of your friend which it is your privilege to contemplate in your adversity.
BACKBITE
BACKBITE, v.t. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you.
BAIT
BAIT, n. A preparation that renders the hook more palatable. The best kind is beauty.
BAPTISM
BAPTISM, n. A sacred rite of such efficacy that he who finds himself in heaven without having undergone it will be unhappy forever. It is performed with water in two ways — by More…
BAROMETER
BAROMETER, n. An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
BARRACK
BARRACK, n. A house in which soldiers enjoy a portion of that of which it is their business to deprive others.
BASILISK
BASILISK, n. The cockatrice. A sort of serpent hatched form the egg of a cock. The basilisk had a bad eye, and its glance was fatal. Many infidels deny this creature's existence, but More…
BASTINADO
BASTINADO, n. The act of walking on wood without exertion.
BATH
BATH, n. A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined. The man who taketh a steam bath He loseth all the skin More…
BATTLE
BATTLE, n. A method of untying with the teeth of a political knot that would not yield to the tongue.
BEARD
BEARD, n. The hair that is commonly cut off by those who justly execrate the absurd Chinese custom of shaving the head.
BEAUTY
BEAUTY, n. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
BEFRIEND
BEFRIEND, v.t. To make an ingrate.
BEG
BEG, v. To ask for something with an earnestness proportioned to the belief that it will not be given. Who is that, father? A mendicant, child, Haggard, More…
BEGGAR
BEGGAR, n. One who has relied on the assistance of his friends.
BEHAVIOR
BEHAVIOR, n. Conduct, as determined, not by principle, but by breeding. The word seems to be somewhat loosely used in Dr. Jamrach Holobom's translation of the following lines from the More…
BELLADONNA
BELLADONNA, n. In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
The Devil's dictionary from 1911 University Dictionaries
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