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

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Importune is used to show that one begs persistently and urgently. The quote from the essay is, "I was prompted to make to a valued adviser, who was wont to importune me with the dear old doctrines ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

The idea of nonconformity is essential to Emerson's essay. A nonconformist is literally someone who does their own thing. From the essay, "Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist".

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

From the essay, "We do not yet see that virtue is Height, and that a man or a company of men, plastic and permeable to principles, by the law of nature must overpower and ride all cities, nations, ...

Domain: Agriculture; Category: Agricultural produce

Reliance is the act of being dependent on it. The essays says, "To talk of reliance is a poor external way of speaking".

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

The essay states, "Man does not stand in awe of man, nor is his genius admonished to stay at home, to put itself in communication with the internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water of ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

Kindred is when you are family with someone, but it can also be when you feel close to someone.

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

Similar to admonish upbraid is when someone scolds you sharply. The quote from the essay is, "Consider whether you have satisfied your relations to father, mother, cousin, neighbour, town, cat, and ...

Domain: Literature; Category: General literature

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