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Thoreau and Hawthorne Vocabulary

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obtrude
(v) to impose something such as opinions or yourself on other people
iteration
(n) an instance or the act of doing something again
invidious
(adj.) producing resentment or ill feeling
sedulous
(adj.) working with great zeal and persistence
pertinacity
(n) the quality of being persistent or tenacious
assiduously
(adv.) undeviating in effort and care
carbuncle
(n) a red gemstone
ethereal
(adj.) very delicate or highly refined
expedient
(adj.) appropriate, advisable, or useful in a situation that requires action
alacrity
(n) promptness or eager and speedy readiness
leaven
(v) to lighten the weight or mood of something
demagogue
(n) leader who gains power by appealing to people's emotions rather than rationality
lyceum
(n) building for public events
burgher
(n) a citizen, especially a prosperous or conservative member of the middle class
fatalist
(n) somebody who believes in the philosophical doctrine of fatalism
gird
(v) to prepare yourself for conflict or vigorous activity
fountainhead
(n) the primary source of something abstract
covenant
(n) a solemn agreement that is binding
scruple
(n) a moral or ethical consideration
mirth
(n) laughter; happiness or enjoyment
cognizance
(n) knowledge or awareness of something
zenith
(n) the high point or climax of something
festoon
(n) a garland, or ornamental chain of flowers or ribbons
benignant
(adj.) kind, gracious in behavior or appearance
similitude
(n) being similar; likeness or resemblance
proselyte
(n) somebody converted to a new belief
fervid
(adj.) showing passionate enthusiasm