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devious
used in Moby Dick

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deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
  • So that Monsoons, Pampas, Nor'-Westers, Harmattans, Trades; any wind but the Levanter and Simoon, might blow Moby Dick into the devious zig-zag world-circle of the Pequod's circumnavigating wake.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (30% in)
  • As an overladen Indiaman bearing down the Hindostan coast with a deck load of frightened horses, careens, buries, rolls, and wallows on her way; so did this old whale heave his aged bulk, and now and then partly turning over on his cumbrous rib-ends, expose the cause of his devious wake in the unnatural stump of his starboard fin.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (43% in)
  • It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan.
    Epilogue (93% in)

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