The Devils Dictionary by Ambrose Pierce

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Parsimony Press, 2000. 63 pages. 

'Ambrose Bierce’s satiric masterpiece. A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary offers some 1,600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our wilful failings and excesses to shine forth.'