- Henderson, Schuyler
- Date of entry: Aug-11-2005
A scathing parodic dictionary, wherein how words are normatively and conventionally defined is replaced by what they often actually do mean. One of the many classic examples is Bierce's definition of "Bigot" as 'One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.'
Written between 1881 and 1906; first published in 1906 under the title, The Cynic's Word Book. Bierce's date of death is not known, probably 1913 or 1914.
The Collected Writings of Ambrose Bierce