I picked this up over the weekend just because of the title and I’m glad I did. It's exactly what it says on the tin – well, maybe not really; we can't ever be truly sure that the devil has a dictionary. So, in more clear terms, it's a dictionary full of amusing (read: satirical) definitions.
A few of my favourites are:
absurdity, n. a statement of belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
apologise, v.i. To lay the foundation for future offence.
bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
grave, n. A place in which the dead are laid to await the coming of the medical student.
ignoramus, n. A person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about.
philosophy, n. A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
riot, n. A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.
ugliness, n. A gift of the gods to certain women, entailing virtue without humility.
year, n. A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointment.
This has definitely wetted my appetite for some more Ambrose Bierce.
Note: I couldn't find a picture of the edition I have (a nice red leather bound), so this one will have to do.