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This is a blossary containing key vocabulary needed to best understand Emerson's essay, "Self-Reliance."

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The essay states, "Man does not stand in awe of man, nor is his genius admonished to stay at home, to put itself in communication with the internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water of ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

Emerson wrote, "I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names." Capitulate is to submit or surrender to someone or something.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson wrote, "Their rage is decorous." This word means someone who has dignity and good taste in manners and conduct.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson wrote, "A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if every thing were titular and ephemeral." Ephemeral means something that lasts for a very short period of time.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson writes, "Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parade." Expiation is compensation for ...

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson wrote, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." He is referring to something people dread, but literally it is a goblin.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Importune is used to show that one begs persistently and urgently. The quote from the essay is, "I was prompted to make to a valued adviser, who was wont to importune me with the dear old doctrines ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

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