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Literature and Ideas

owe

v.

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

To have (and to hold) a debt. The word formerly signified not indebtedness, but possession; it meant “own,” and in the minds of debtors there is still a good deal of confusion between assets and liabilities.