The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical lexicon by Ambrose Bierce. The book offers humorous and ironic definitions of various words and phrases, often presenting a cynical view of human nature and society. Bierce's entries are often dark and biting, and he takes aim at everything from politics and religion to love and marriage.
Bierce's definitions are often intentionally exaggerated or contradictory, highlighting the absurdities and inconsistencies of language and society. For example, he defines marriage as "the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two." He also defines politics as "the conduct of public affairs for private advantage."
The Devil's Dictionary has become a classic of American literature, and its influence can be seen in the works of many later writers, including H.L. Mencken and Mark Twain. The book's incisive wit and dark humor continue to be appreciated by readers today.