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[French ey-meel] /French eɪˈmil/
a didactic novel (1762) by J. J. Rousseau, dealing principally with the author's theories of education. Unabridged
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  • emile Artois was really lonelier than she, for he had not a child.

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  • emile, I asked your advice yesterday, and you would not give it me.

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  • But even as she did so she remembered Vere's secret, shared with emile and not with her.

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  • She made her excuse, and left the morning free for emile to be with Vere.

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  • And she even felt vexed that it should be supposed she wanted emile's company.

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emile in Culture
Émile [(ay-meel) (1762)]

A work on education by Jean Jacques Rousseau, describing how a fictional boy, Émile, should be brought up. The book had an enormous influence on education during the age of romanticism and afterward.

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