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[thuh-roh, thawr-oh, thohr-oh] /θəˈroʊ, ˈθɔr oʊ, ˈθoʊr oʊ/
Henry David, 1817–62, U.S. naturalist and author.
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[thuh-roh-vee-uh n] /θəˈroʊ vi ən/ (Show IPA),
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  • Thoreau noted the fact that in a large sense we find only what we look for.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • But Mr. Thoreau was equipped with a most adapted and serviceable body.

  • Who knows but, like the dog, it will at length be no longer traceable to its wild original—Thoreau.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • He probably hated as much as Thoreau, and in his steely way admired as much.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • He has the insight of Thoreau, the patience of Burroughs, and a nameless quality of his own—a blend of joyous love and wonder.

    Some Spring Days in Iowa Frederick John Lazell
British Dictionary definitions for Thoreau


/ˈθɔːrəʊ; θɔːˈrəʊ/
Henry David. 1817–62, US writer, noted esp for Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854), an account of his experiment in living in solitude. A powerful social critic, his essay Civil Disobedience (1849) influenced such dissenters as Gandhi
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