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Émile

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

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

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

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

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

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

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

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

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

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens


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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