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Definition of Introduction

A social ceremony invented by the devil for the gratification of his servants and the plaguing of his enemies.  The introduction attains its most malevolent development in this century, being, indeed, closely related to our political system.  Every American being the equal of every other American, it follows that everybody has the right to know everybody else, which implies the right to introduce without request or permission.  The Declaration of Independence should have read thus:
      'We hold these truths to be self-evident:  that all men are   created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain   inalienable rights; that among these are life, and the right to   make that of another miserable by thrusting upon him an   incalculable quantity of acquaintances; liberty, particularly the   liberty to introduce persons to one another without first   ascertaining if they are not already acquainted as enemies; and   the pursuit of another's happiness with a running pack of   strangers.'

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


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