Transcendentalism Vocab

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aboriginal
original, native
absolve
set free
affectation
behavior that is not natural, but assumed to impress others
aversions
a strong or fixed dislike
chagrin
a feeling of disappointment, failure, or humiliation
conciliate
bring into harmony, reconcile
covenants
a solemn agreement between two or more people
decorous
following the social conventions of polite society
éclat
a brilliant success
ephemeral
lasting for only a very short time
expiate
pay the penalty of; atone for
firmament
arch of the heavens
impertinence
irrelevance
intrinsic
belonging to a thing by its very nature
latent
present but not active
lethe
forgetfulness; oblivion
lintels
a horizontal beam or stone over a door
magnanimity
nobility of the soul or mind; generosity
metaphysics
branch of philosophy that tries to discover and explain reality and knowledge
obsequious
polite or obedient from hope of gain; fawning
oracles
person or thing regarded as a reliable and sure guide
ostentation
display intended to impress others
petulance
likely to have little fits of bad temper; irritable over trifles
philanthropy
love of humanity shown by practical kindness and helpfulness
piquancy
stimulating the mind, interest
Spartan
noted for simplicity of life; severity, courage, brevity of speech
sycophant
a servile or self-seeking flatterer, parasite, toady
timorous
easily frightened, timid