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facetious
used in Moby Dick

4 uses
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Definition
trivial humor
  • Secondly: People ashore have indeed some indefinite idea that a whale is an enormous creature of enormous power; but I have ever found that when narrating to them some specific example of this two-fold enormousness, they have significantly complimented me upon my facetiousness; when, I declare upon my soul, I had no more idea of being facetious than Moses, when he wrote the history of the plagues of Egypt.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (63% in)
  • Secondly: People ashore have indeed some indefinite idea that a whale is an enormous creature of enormous power; but I have ever found that when narrating to them some specific example of this two-fold enormousness, they have significantly complimented me upon my facetiousness; when, I declare upon my soul, I had no more idea of being facetious than Moses, when he wrote the history of the plagues of Egypt.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (63% in)
  • "My captain, you must have ere this perceived, respected sir"—said the imperturbable godly-looking Bunger, slightly bowing to Ahab—"is apt to be facetious at times; he spins us many clever things of that sort.
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (28% in)
  • "I was about observing, sir, before Captain Boomer's facetious interruption, that spite of my best and severest endeavors, the wound kept getting worse and worse; the truth was, sir, it was as ugly gaping wound as surgeon ever saw; more than two feet and several inches long.
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (30% in)

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