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Definition of X

  X   [letter]
X in our alphabet being a needless letter has an added invincibility to the attacks of the spelling reformers, and like them, will doubtless last as long as the language.  X is the sacred symbol of ten dollars, and in such words as Xmas, Xn, etc., stands for Christ, not, as is popular supposed, because it represents a cross, but because the corresponding letter in the Greek alphabet is the initial of his name -- Xristos.  If it represented a cross it would stand for St. Andrew, who 'testified' upon one of that shape.  In the algebra of psychology x stands for Woman's mind.  Words beginning with X are Grecian and will not be defined in this standard English dictionary.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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