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audacious
used in Moby Dick

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bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
  • He was intent on an audacious, immitigable, and supernatural revenge.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (57% in)
  • So that there are instances among them of men, who, named with Scripture names—a singularly common fashion on the island—and in childhood naturally imbibing the stately dramatic thee and thou of the Quaker idiom; still, from the audacious, daring, and boundless adventure of their subsequent lives, strangely blend with these unoutgrown peculiarities, a thousand bold dashes of character, not unworthy a Scandinavian sea-king, or a poetical Pagan Roman.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (26% in)
  • Only the infidel sharks in the audacious seas may give ear to such words, when, with tornado brow, and eyes of red murder, and foam-glued lips, Ahab leaped after his prey.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (80% in)
  • Thus, gentlemen, though an inlander, Steelkilt was wild-ocean born, and wild-ocean nurtured; as much of an audacious mariner as any.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (34% in)
  • Consider, now, how it must be in the case of four boats all engaging one unusually strong, active, and knowing whale; when owing to these qualities in him, as well as to the thousand concurring accidents of such an audacious enterprise, eight or ten loose second irons may be simultaneously dangling about him.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (98% in)
  • I rejoice in my spine, as in the firm audacious staff of that flag which I fling half out to the world.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (26% in)
  • Though by the repeated bloody chastisements they have received at the hands of European cruisers, the audacity of these corsairs has of late been somewhat repressed; yet, even at the present day, we occasionally hear of English and American vessels, which, in those waters, have been remorselessly boarded and pillaged.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (49% in)
  • To hint to such musked mariners of oil, and bone, and blubber, were little short of audacity.
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (26% in)
  • Here's food for thought, had Ahab time to think; but Ahab never thinks; he only feels, feels, feels; THAT'S tingling enough for mortal man! to think's audacity.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (62% in)

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