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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Rousseau, Henri Known as "Le Douanier.” 1844-1910. French primitive painter of portraits, still lifes, city scenes, and metaphorical works, such as The Snake Charmer (1907).
  • Rousseau, Jean Jacques 1712-1778. Swiss philosopher and writer who held that the individual is essentially good but usually corrupted by society. His written works include The Social Contract and Émile (both 1762).
  • Rousseau, Théodore 1812-1867. French landscape painter who was the leader of the Barbizon school. His works include Descent of the Cattle (c. 1834).

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  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. Jean-Jacques Rousseau Swiss philosopher

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  • n. French primitive painter (1844-1910)
  • n. French philosopher and writer born in Switzerland; believed that the natural goodness of man was warped by society; ideas influenced the French Revolution (1712-1778)

Etymologies

Originally a French nickname for someone with red hair. Cognate to English Russell. (Wiktionary)

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