n. A person of imperfect grace, somewhat overgiven to the vice of falling over his own feet.
adj. Usually, ordinarily, as, Men generally lie, A woman is generally treacherous, etc.
n. The [short fingered] vulgarian‘s idea of a gentleman. The male of the genus Hoodlum.
adj. Real, veritable, as, A genuine counterfeit, Genuine hypocrisy, etc.
n. A yellow metal greatly prized for its convenience in the various kinds of robbery known as trade. The word was formerly spelled “God” — the l was inserted to distinguish it from the name of another and inferior deity. Gold is the heaviest of all the metals except platinum, and a considerable amount of it will sink a man so much more quickly and deeply than platinum will that the latter is made into lifebelts and used as a lifting power for balloons. British gold, an imaginary metal greatly used in the manufacture of American traitors to the patriotic axiom that two and two are five.
n. In political matters, a miscreant who has the wickedness to know that legislation cannot maintain a permanent relation between the values of two metals, even by the luminous device of binding them together in the same coins. A miller who grinds the faces of the poor and takes the whole grist for toll. A hideous monster that disturbs the Bulletin’s repose by sitting astride Deacon Fitch’s stomach, picking the bones of “the debtor class” and blaspheming the dollar of our fathers.
n. A modern Chronos who devours his own children. The priesthood are charged with the duty of preparing them for his tooth.
n. An aspirant to the United States Senate.
n. A peculiar substance widely distributed throughout nature, but found most abundantly on the hands of eminent American statesmen. It is insoluble in public money.
n. The language in which a Republican Federal officeholder expounds his view of the political situation.
n. One who undertakes to protect from others what he is not ready to get for himself.
Selections taken from the Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce as they apply to the 45th president of the United States.