Thoreau vocabulary

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pontificate

to speak pompously

transcendentalism

philosophy that emphasized the truth to be found in nature and intuition

lectern

desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer

patrician

aristocratic, noble, upper class

blasphemy

an act, utterance, or writing showing maliciousness to god

heathen

An uncivilized or irreligious person

dejected

Feeling or showing lack of hope because of disappointment

conniption

Temper tantrum, fit

intuition

something known or believed instinctively, without actual evidence for it

cadence

A reoccurring beat in music

splenetic

bad-tempered or spiteful

condescend

To regard one as inferior

atheism

belief that there is no god

patronize

to treat in an offensive and belittling manner

ineptitude

incompetence, ineffectiveness, uselessness

saunter

a leisurely walk

transfixed

to render motionless with awe

paroxysm

a sudden and uncontrollable expression of emotion

conformity

Action or behavior in correspondence with current styles

simultaneous

occurring or operating at the same time

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