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| “HOUSE, n. A hollow edifice erected for the habitation of man, rat, mouse, beelte, cockroach, fly, mosquito, flea, bacillus and microbe. |
_House of Correction_, a place of reward for political and personal service, and for the detention of offenders and appropriations.
_House of God_, a building with a steeple and a mortgage on it.
_House-dog_, a pestilent beast kept on domestic premises to insult persons passing by and appal the hardy visitor. _House-maid_, a youngerly person of the opposing sex employed to be variously disagreeable and ingeniously unclean in the station in which it has pleased God to place her.”
Ambrose Bierce quotes (American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914)
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appal synonyms: alarm, alarms, appall, dismay, horrify, offend, offends, outrage, outrages, scandalize, shock, shocks.