Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VIII – the letter D

See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here.

  1. Dad - noun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect.
  2. Dandy - noun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes.
  3. Day - noun A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.
  4. Decide - verb To succumb to the preponderance of one set of influences over another set.
  5. Defame - noun To lie about another. To tell the truth about another.
  6. Defraud - verb To impart instruction and experience to the confiding.
  7. Demon - noun A man whose cruelties are related in the newspapers. See Fiend in Human Shape.
  8. Deny - verb See Hurl back the Allegation.
  9. Deserve - noun The quality of being entitled to what somebody else obtains.
  10. Dice - noun Small polka-dotted cubes of ivory, constructed like a lawyer to lie on any side, but commonly on the wrong one.