Quotation Explorer - 'V T'

ADORE, v.t. To venerate expectantly. - Ambrose Bierce
ARREST, v.t. Formally to detain one accused of unusualness. God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh. _The Unauthorized Version_ - Ambrose Bierce
KILL, v.t. To create a vacancy without nominating a successor. - Ambrose Bierce
TAKE, v.t. To acquire, frequently by force but preferably by stealth. - Ambrose Bierce
ABRIDGE, v.t. To shorten. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for people to abridge their king, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. --Oliver Cromwell - Ambrose Bierce
BACKBITE, v.t. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you. - Ambrose Bierce
DISABUSE, v.t. The present your neighbor with another and better error than the one which he has deemed it advantageous to embrace. - Ambrose Bierce
OUTDO, v.t. To make an enemy. - Ambrose Bierce
PLAN, v.t. To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result. - Ambrose Bierce
TALK, v.t. To commit an indiscretion without temptation, from an impulse without purpose. - Ambrose Bierce
ACCUSE, v.t. To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him. - Ambrose Bierce
BEFRIEND, v.t. To make an ingrate. - Ambrose Bierce
CURSE, v.t. Energetically to belabor with a verbal slap-stick. This is an operation which in literature, particularly in the drama, is commonly fatal to the victim. Nevertheless, the liability to a cursing is a risk that cuts but a small figure in fixing the rates of life insurance. - Ambrose Bierce
ASPERSE, v.t. Maliciously to ascribe to another vicious actions which one has not had the temptation and opportunity to commit. - Ambrose Bierce
ANOINT, v.t. To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery. As sovereigns are anointed by the priesthood, So pigs to lead the populace are greased good. Judibras - Ambrose Bierce
DISOBEY, v.t. To celebrate with an appropriate ceremony the maturity of a command. His right to govern me is clear as day, My duty manifest to disobey; And if that fit observance e'er I shut May I and duty be alike undone. Israfel Brown - Ambrose Bierce
EXHORT, v.t. In religious affairs, to put the conscience of another upon the spit and roast it to a nut-brown discomfort. - Ambrose Bierce
KEEP, v.t. He willed away his whole estate, And then in death he fell asleep, Murmuring: "Well, at any rate, My name unblemished I shall keep." But when upon the tomb 'twas wrought Whose was it? -- for the dead keep naught. Durang Gophel Arn - Ambrose Bierce
REVIEW, v.t. To set your wisdom (holding not a doubt of it, Although in truth there's neither bone nor skin to it) At work upon a book, and so read out of it The qualities that you have first read into it. - Ambrose Bierce
ACKNOWLEDGE, v.t. To confess. Acknowledgement of one another's faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth. - Ambrose Bierce
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