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PRAY
PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
PRE
PRE-:ADAMITE:, n. One of an experimental and apparently unsatisfactory race of antedated Creation and lived under conditions not easily conceived. Melsius believed them to have More…
PRE
PRE-:EXISTENCE:, n. An unnoted factor in creation.
PRECEDENT
PRECEDENT, n. In Law, a previous decision, rule or practice which, in the absence of a definite statute, has whatever force and authority a Judge may choose to give it, thereby greatly More…
PRECEDENT
PRECEDENT, n. In Law, a previous decision, rule or practice which, in the absence of a definite statute, has whatever force and authority a Judge may choose to give it, thereby greatly More…
PRECIPITATE
PRECIPITATE, adj. Anteprandial. Precipitate in all, this sinner Took action first, and then his dinner. Judibras
PRECIPITATE
PRECIPITATE, adj. Anteprandial. Precipitate in all, this sinner Took action first, and then his dinner. Judibras
PREDESTINATION
PREDESTINATION, n. The doctrine that all things occur according to programme. This doctrine should not be confused with that of foreordination, which means that all things are More…
PREDICAMENT
PREDICAMENT, n. The wage of consistency.
PREDILECTION
PREDILECTION, n. The preparatory stage of disillusion.
PREFERENCE
PREFERENCE, n. A sentiment, or frame of mind, induced by the erroneous belief that one thing is better than another. An ancient philosopher, expounding his conviction that life is no More…
PREHISTORIC
PREHISTORIC, adj. Belonging to an early period and a museum. Antedating the art and practice of perpetuating falsehood. He lived in a period prehistoric, When all was absurd and More…
PREJUDICE
PREJUDICE, n. A vagrant opinion without visible means of support.
PRELATE
PRELATE, n. A church officer having a superior degree of holiness and a fat preferment. One of Heaven's aristocracy. A gentleman of God.
PREROGATIVE
PREROGATIVE, n. A sovereign's right to do wrong.
PRESBYTERIAN
PRESBYTERIAN, n. One who holds the conviction that the government authorities of the Church should be called presbyters.
PRESCRIPTION
PRESCRIPTION, n. A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.
PRESENT
PRESENT, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope.
PRESENTABLE
PRESENTABLE, adj. Hideously appareled after the manner of the time and place. In Boorioboola-Gha a man is presentable on occasions of ceremony if he have his abdomen painted a bright More…
PRESIDE
PRESIDE, v. To guide the action of a deliberative body to a desirable result. In Journalese, to perform upon a musical instrument; as, "He presided at the piccolo." The More…
The Devil's dictionary from 1911 University Dictionaries
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