Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
This collection was given the title The Cynic's Word Book for its original 1906 publication, though Bierce's definitions first appeared in newspapers under the more famous name, The Devil's Dictionary, the title of the enlarged 1911 edition.