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The Devil's Dictionary

written by: pkchica12
 
The Devil's Dictionary is a collection of humorous and cynical definitions of words written by American satirist Ambrose Bierce. Can you match some definitions to their words?

Question 1:


Which word is defined as “the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man” in Ambrose Bierce's satirical book The Devil's Dictionary?
Respect
Reverence
Worship
Love

Question 2:


Which quality does satirist Ambrose Bierce define as “hideously appareled after the manner of the time and place” in his book The Devil's Dictionary?
Stylish
Handsome
Presentable
Fashionable

Question 3:


“Appointing your grandmother to office for the good of the party” is the definition of which of these words in the satirical book by Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary?
Humanitarianism
Favoritism
Nepotism
Socialism

Question 4:


Match this definition to the word it belongs to according to Ambrose Bierce’s book The Devil's Dictionary: “The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.”
Engagement
Family
Love
Marriage

Question 5:


Which verb is defined as “to put forward a suitable person to incur the mudgobbling and deadcatting of the opposition” in Ambrose Bierce’s satirical book The Devil's Dictionary
Fire
Recommend
Promote
Nominate

Question 6:


“The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic” is satirist Ambrose Bierce’s definition for which of these activities?
Painting
Safeguarding
Repairing
Sculpturing

Question 7:


Which is the word this definition from Ambrose Bierce’s book The Devil's Dictionary refers to: “A man whose qualities, prepared for display like a box of berries in a market -- the fine ones on top -- have been opened on the wrong side. An inverted gentleman”?
Rogue
Evildoer
Blackguard
Villain

Question 8:


Which of these words is defined as "the one unpardonable sin against one's fellows" in the book The Devil's Dictionary?
Faith
Success
Fortune
Gratitude

Question 9:


Match this definition to the word it belongs in Ambrose Bierce’s book The Devil's Dictionary: “a machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.”
Marriage
A Sausage Factory
Life
Litigation

Question 10:


In Ambrose Bierce's satirical book The Devil's Dictionary, what is called “one of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion”?
Hollendaise
Mayonaise
Mustard
Ketchup

 


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