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[meng-kuh n] /ˈmɛŋ kən/
H(enry) L(ouis) 1880–1956, U.S. writer, editor, and critic.
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[meng-kee-nee-uh n] /mɛŋˈki ni ən/ (Show IPA),
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  • Mencken, who delivered a discourse De Campani odio in Germanos.

  • Ten years ago the name of Mencken would have stood against the world.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • You are, let us say, the very epitome of the man Mr. Mencken and Mr. Lewis tell us about so charmingly.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • It has been twice edited, by Mencken and by Riedel; both editions are said to be inaccurate.

    The Grey Friars in Oxford Andrew G. Little
  • Mr. Mencken explains why the use of "sick" for "ill" is taboo in England, except among the very youngest Realists.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • Mencken, p. 10, it is thus loftily described: "Catalogus per-rarus rarissimis libris superbiens."

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • Mencken, p. 10, it would appear that a third volume, containing translations of some MSS.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin
British Dictionary definitions for Mencken


H(enry) L(ouis). 1880–1956, US journalist and literary critic, noted for The American Language (1919): editor of the Smart Set and the American Mercury, which he founded (1924)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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