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This is a blossary containing key vocabulary needed to best understand Emerson's essay, "Self-Reliance."

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Created by: Carissa

Number of Blossarys: 6

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Emerson wrote, "What pretty oracles nature yields us on this text." An oracle is someone who can tell the future.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson wrote, "I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names." Capitulate is to submit or surrender to someone or something.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson wrote, "Their rage is decorous." This word means someone who has dignity and good taste in manners and conduct.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson wrote, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." He is referring to something people dread, but literally it is a goblin.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson wrote, "A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if every thing were titular and ephemeral." Ephemeral means something that lasts for a very short period of time.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson writes, "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." Expiation is compensation for ...

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Emerson writes, "The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner." Nonchalance is when someone is indifferent or overly casual to someone / something.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

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