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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