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Emerson

[em-er-suh n] /ˈɛm ər sən/
noun
1.
Ralph Waldo
[wawl-doh,, wol-] /ˈwɔl doʊ,, ˈwɒl-/ (Show IPA),
1803–82, U.S. essayist and poet.
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Emersonian
[em-er-soh-nee-uh n] /ˌɛm ərˈsoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pro-Emersonian, adjective, noun
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  • The essay had some merit, but it reeked with the emersonian spirit and manner.

  • I must get this emersonian musk out of my garments at all hazards.

  • It has its merit, this emersonian way, particularly for souls easily disillusioned.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Perhaps it is emersonian, but certainly it is different from anything Emerson ever did.

    Rambles with John Burroughs Robert John De Loach
  • I was so much worried about this emersonian mask that I resolved to lay it off.

    Rambles with John Burroughs Robert John De Loach
  • Thoreau quitted the emersonian study to get fresh inspiration from the woods.

  • There is a compactness in his stories which I can only describe as emersonian.

  • Like most other American essayists, she has couched many of her phrases and ideas in the emersonian mould.

  • In Emerson's Journal one sees the emersonian worlds in their making—the essays, the addresses, the poems.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for emersonian

Emerson

/ˈɛməsən/
noun
1.
Ralph Waldo. (rælf ˈwɔːldəʊ). 1803–82, US poet, essayist, and transcendentalist
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