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dictate
used in Moby Dick

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Hitler dictated that
Definition
issue commands or orders
  • Yes, their supreme lord and dictator was there, though hitherto unseen by any eyes not permitted to penetrate into the now sacred retreat of the cabin.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (3% in)
  • If I had been downright honest with myself, I would have seen very plainly in my heart that I did but half fancy being committed this way to so long a voyage, without once laying my eyes on the man who was to be the absolute dictator of it, so soon as the ship sailed out upon the open sea.
    Chapters 19-21 -- The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (63% in)

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  • Accessory, perhaps, to the impulse dictating the thing he was now about to do, were certain prudential motives, whose object might have been to revive the spirits of his crew by a stroke of his subtile skill, in a matter so wondrous as that of the inverted compasses.
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (23% in)
  • The acute policy dictating these movements was sufficiently vindicated at daybreak, by the sight of a long sleek on the sea directly and lengthwise ahead, smooth as oil, and resembling in the pleated watery wrinkles bordering it, the polished metallic-like marks of some swift tide-rip, at the mouth of a deep, rapid stream.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (1% in)

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