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vocab list 4 amstud
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"Absolve you to yourself" (Emerson 540).
set free from blame
"The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may" (Emerson 538).
"We come to wear one cut of face and figure, and acquire by degrees the gentlest asinine expression" (Emerson 541).
foolish, unintelligent, or silly
"I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions" (Emerson 540).
to surrender, unconditionally or upon negotiated terms
"After a partial cessation of his sensuous life, the soul of man, or its organs rather, are reinvigorated each day and his genius tries again what noble life it can make" (Thoreau 271).
an end, ceasing
"The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner, and would disdain as much as a lord to do or say aught to conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature" (Emerson 539).
pacify or placate; stop someone from being angry
"Their rage is decorous and prudent, for they are timid as being very vulnerable themselves" (Emerson 542).
in keeping with good manners and propriety
"A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition as if everything were titular and ephemeral but he" (Emerson 540). [see below for titular]
lasting a very short time; transitory
"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" (Emerson 540).
v. to atone for
- i go to church every day to expiate my sins
"Their works are done as an apology or extenuation of their living in the world, — as invalids and the insane pay a high board" (Emerson 541).
the act of making a guilt or an offense seem less serious or more forgivable
"A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light with flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages" (Emerson 538).
n. sky; the vault of heaven
"One value even of the smallest well is, that when you look into it you see that the earth is not continent but insular" (Thoreau 270).
isolated, as an island
"I cannot consent to pay for a privilege where I have intrinsic right" (Emerson 541).
adj. belonging to a thing by its very nature; innate
"Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost,—— and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment" (Emerson 538).
adj. existing but not yet developed; hidden
"But when to their feminine rage the indignation of the people is added, when the ignorant and the poor are aroused, when the unintelligent brute force that lies at the bottom of society is made to growl and mow, it needs the habit of magnanimity and religion to treat it godlike as a trifle of no concernment" (Emerson 542).
the quality of being magnanimous, or generous and forgiving
"Our reading is mendicant and sycophantic" (Emerson 544).
begging; characteristic of a beggar
"I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life..." (Thoreau 252).
v. impose or force on someone
"To the bison of the prairie it is a few inches of palatable grass, with water to drink; unless he seeks the Shelter of the forest or the mountain's shadow" (Thoreau 257).
adj. acceptable to the taste; sufficiently agreeable in flavor to be eaten
"So God has armed youth and puberty and manhood no less with its own piquancy and charm, and made it enviable and gracious and its claims not to be put by, if it will stand by itself" (Emerson 539).
the quality of being pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind
"Hardly a man takes a half-hour's nap after dinner, but when he wakes he holds up his head and asks, 'What's the news?' as if the rest of mankind has stood his sentinels" (Thoreau 273).
soldier or guard whose job is to keep watch
"At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again" (Thoreau 252).
someone staying somewhere temporarily
"Then there is least somnolence in us, and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night" (Thoreau 271).
"Our reading is mendicant and sycophantic" (Emerson 544). [see above for mendicant]
behaving or done in excessive obedience or attention towards someone in order to gain advantage
"A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition as if everything were titular and ephemeral but he" (Emerson 540). [see above for ephemeral]
holding or constituting a purely formal position or title without any real authority
ennui: n. feeling of dissatisfaction from lack of excitement
"Undoubtedly the very tedium and ennui which presume to have exhausted the variety and joys of life are as old as Adam" (Thoreau 255).
a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement
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