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DEAD
DEAD, adj. Done with the work of breathing; done With all the world; the mad race run Though to the end; the golden goal Attained and found to be a hole! More…
DEBAUCHEE
DEBAUCHEE, n. One who has so earnestly pursued pleasure that he has had the misfortune to overtake it.
DEBT
DEBT, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave- driver. As, pent in an aquarium, the troutlet Swims round and round his tank to find an outlet, Pressing More…
DECALOGUE
DECALOGUE, n. A series of commandments, ten in number — just enough to permit an intelligent selection for observance, but not enough to embarrass the choice. Following is the revised More…
DECIDE
DECIDE, v.i. To succumb to the preponderance of one set of influences over another set. A leaf was riven from a tree, "I mean to fall to earth," said he. The west More…
DEFAME
DEFAME, v.t. To lie about another. To tell the truth about another.
DEFENCELESS
DEFENCELESS, adj. Unable to attack.
DEGENERATE
DEGENERATE, adj. Less conspicuously admirable than one's ancestors. The contemporaries of Homer were striking examples of degeneracy; it required ten of them to raise a rock or a riot More…
DEGRADATION
DEGRADATION, n. One of the stages of moral and social progress from private station to political preferment.
DEINOTHERIUM
DEINOTHERIUM, n. An extinct pachyderm that flourished when the Pterodactyl was in fashion. The latter was a native of Ireland, its name being pronounced Terry Dactyl or Peter O'Dactyl, More…
DEJEUNER
DEJEUNER, n. The breakfast of an American who has been in Paris. Variously pronounced.
DELEGATION
DELEGATION, n. In American politics, an article of merchandise that comes in sets.
DELIBERATION
DELIBERATION, n. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on.
DELUGE
DELUGE, n. A notable first experiment in baptism which washed away the sins (and sinners) of the world.
DELUSION
DELUSION, n. The father of a most respectable family, comprising Enthusiasm, Affection, Self-denial, Faith, Hope, Charity and many other goodly sons and daughters. All hail, More…
DENTIST
DENTIST, n. A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket.
DEPENDENT
DEPENDENT, adj. Reliant upon another's generosity for the support which you are not in a position to exact from his fears.
DEPUTY
DEPUTY, n. A male relative of an office-holder, or of his bondsman. The deputy is commonly a beautiful young man, with a red necktie and an intricate system of cobwebs extending from More…
DESTINY
DESTINY, n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.
The Devil's dictionary from 1911 University Dictionaries
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