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Definition of Administration

An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president.  A man of straw, proof against bad-egging and dead-catting.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?d?m?n?s?tre???n n. 1 management of a business. 2 the management of public affairs; government. 3 the government in power; the ministry. 4 US a President's period of office. 5 Law the management of another person's estate. 6 (foll. by of) a the administering of justice, an oath, etc. b application of remedies. [ME f. OF administration or L administratio (as ADMINISTRATE)]

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