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punctilious
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Moby Dick
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  • The sea-vultures all in pious mourning, the air-sharks all punctiliously in black or speckled.
  • Now a certain grand merchant ship once touched at Rokovoko, and its commander—from all accounts, a very stately punctilious gentleman, at least for a sea captain—this commander was invited to the wedding feast of Queequeg’s sister, a pretty young princess just turned of ten.
  • …profits, not upon fixed wages, but upon their common luck, together with their common vigilance, intrepidity, and hard work; though all these things do in some cases tend to beget a less rigorous discipline than in merchantmen generally; yet, never mind how much like an old Mesopotamian family these whalemen may, in some primitive instances, live together; for all that, the punctilious externals, at least, of the quarter-deck are seldom materially relaxed, and in no instance done away.

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  • punctilious in his attention to rules of etiquette
  • You were exacting, proud, punctilious, selfish.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield

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