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Super quiz




What word is defined? All definition­s are from “The Devil’s Dictionary” by Ambrose Bierce. (e.g., Once too often. Answer: Twice.)

Freshman level

1. Belonging to me if I can hold or seize it.

2. An automatic, muscular blood-pump.

3. A singular instrument worn at the end of one’s arm and commonly thrust into somebody’s pocket.

Graduate level

4. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

5. The patriotic art of lying for one’s country.

6. A dead sinner revised and edited.

Ph.D. level

7. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedl­y unworthy.

8. Death’s baby carriage.

9. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.

ANSWERS: 1. Mine. 2. Heart. 3. Hand.

4. Love. 5. Diplomacy. 6. Saint. 7. Pray.

8. Hearse. 9. Patience.

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