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Moby Dick
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aesthetic
2 uses
But if, in the face of all this, you still declare that whaling has no aesthetically noble associations connected with it...
aesthetically = with a kind of beauty
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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1st useChapter 22-24
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augment
5 uses
No small number of these whaling seamen belong to the Azores, where the outward bound Nantucket whalers frequently touch to augment their crews from the hardy peasants of those rocky shores.
augment = add to (increase the number of)
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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1st useChapter 85-87
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capricious
5 uses
Nothing was said for some moments, while a succession of riotous waves rolled by, which by one of those occasional caprices of the seas were tumbling, not heaving it.
caprices = unpredictable events
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 52-54
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clergy
2 uses
I say it only shows his foolish, impious pride, and abominable, devilish rebellion against the reverend clergy.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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1st useChapter 82-84
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complacent
1 use
indeed everything was filled with sperm, except the captain's pantaloons pockets, and those he reserved to thrust his hands into, in self-complacent testimony of his entire satisfaction.
complacent = contented (satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 115-117
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disparage
1 use
I mean no disparagement to the excellent voyager (I honour him for a veteran), but...
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useChapter 55-57
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dogged
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
dogged by problems
He did; and then it seemed to me that he was dogging us, but with what intent I could not for the life of me imagine.
dogging = following
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
erudite
3 uses
For as the secrets of the currents in the seas have never yet been divulged, even to the most erudite research; so the hidden ways of the Sperm Whale when beneath the surface remain, in great part, unaccountable to his pursuers;
erudite = deep scholarly
DefinitionGenerally erudite means:
having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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1st useChapter 52-54
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fallacious
1 use
And equally fallacious seems the conceit, that because the so-called whale-bone whales no longer haunt many grounds in former years abounding with them, hence that species also is declining.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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1st useChapter 103-105
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immutable
3 uses
This whole act's immutably decreed.
immutably = in a manner that is not subject or susceptible to change
DefinitionGenerally immutable means:
not subject or susceptible to change
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1st useChapter 16-18
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impetuous
4 uses
For however eagerly and impetuously the savage crew had hailed the announcement of his quest; yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable—they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness—and...
impetuously = impulsively (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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1st useChapter 49-51
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inflexible
4 uses
Such, gentlemen, is the inflexibility of sea-usages and the instinctive love of neatness in seamen; some of whom would not willingly drown without first washing their faces.
inflexibility = not flexible (not bendable or adaptable in various senses:)
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
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1st useChapter 52-54
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mitigate
2 uses
He was intent on an audacious, immitigable, and supernatural revenge.
immitigable = impossible to make less harmful or extreme
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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1st useChapter 40-42
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obstinate
4 uses
The anatomical fact of this labyrinth is indisputable; and that the supposition founded upon it is reasonable and true, seems the more cogent to me, when I consider the otherwise inexplicable obstinacy of that leviathan in HAVING HIS SPOUTINGS OUT, as the fishermen phrase it.
obstinacy = trait of always (in a manner that is stubbornly unyielding despite resistance)
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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opulent
3 uses
...nowhere in all America will you find ... parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious
DefinitionGenerally opulent means:
magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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1st useChapter 94-96
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perfidy
2 uses
In a few minutes the scuttle was opened, and, bound hand and foot, the still struggling ringleader was shoved up into the air by his perfidious allies, who at once claimed the honour of securing a man who had been fully ripe for murder.
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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remonstrate
5 uses
But as all my remonstrances produced no effect upon Queequeg,
remonstrances = arguments in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 16-18
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reprehensible
1 use
But all these foolish arguments of old Sag-Harbor only evinced his foolish pride of reason—a thing still more reprehensible in him, seeing that he had but little learning except what he had picked up from the sun and the sea.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 82-84
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scrupulous
3 uses
But others are by no means so scrupulous.
scrupulous = ethical
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 97-99
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sultry
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a cloudy, sultry afternoon; the seamen were lazily lounging about the decks, or vacantly gazing over into the lead-coloured waters.
sultry = hot and humid
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1st useChapter 46-48
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