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DAMN
DAMN, v. A word formerly much used by the Paphlagonians, the meaning of which is lost. By the learned Dr. Dolabelly Gak it is believed to have been a term of satisfaction, implying the More…
DANCE
DANCE, v.i. To leap about to the sound of tittering music, preferably with arms about your neighbor's wife or daughter. There are many kinds of dances, but all those requiring the More…
DANGER
DANGER, n. A savage beast which, when it sleeps, Man girds at and despises, But takes himself away by leaps And bounds when it arises. More…
DARING
DARING, n. One of the most conspicuous qualities of a man in security.
DATARY
DATARY, n. A high ecclesiastic official of the Roman Catholic Church, whose important function is to brand the Pope's bulls with the words _Datum Romae_. He enjoys a princely revenue More…
DAWN
DAWN, n. The time when men of reason go to bed. Certain old men prefer to rise at about that time, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach, and otherwise mortifying the More…
DAY
DAY, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. This period is divided into two parts, the day proper and the night, or day improper — the former devoted to sins of business, More…
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.
The Devil's dictionary from 1911 University Dictionaries
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