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[em-er-suh n] /ˈɛm ər sən/
Ralph Waldo
[wawl-doh,, wol-] /ˈwɔl doʊ,, ˈwɒl-/ (Show IPA),
1803–82, U.S. essayist and poet.
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[em-er-soh-nee-uh n] /ˌɛm ərˈsoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
pro-Emersonian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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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


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