toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

forbearance
used in Moby Dick

7 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
  • Starbuck grasped Ahab by the arm—"God, God is against thee, old man; forbear!"
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (88% in)
forbear = refrain (in this case, he is saying "refrain from hunting Moby Dick.")
  • In that up and down manly book of old-fashioned adventure, so full, too, of honest wonders—the voyage of Lionel Wafer, one of ancient Dampier's old chums—I found a little matter set down so like that just quoted from Langsdorff, that I cannot forbear inserting it here for a corroborative example, if such be needed.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (84% in)
  • ...he sat still for a moment, and as he steadfastly looked into the mate's malignant eye and perceived the stacks of powder-casks heaped up in him and the slow-match silently burning along towards them; as he instinctively saw all this, that strange forbearance and unwillingness to stir up the deeper passionateness in any already ireful being—a repugnance most felt, when felt at all, by really valiant men even when aggrieved—this nameless phantom feeling, gentlemen, stole over Steelkilt.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (47% in)
  • Heated and irritated as he was by his spasmodic toil at the pumps, for all his first nameless feeling of forbearance the sweating Steelkilt could but ill brook this bearing in the mate; but somehow still smothering the conflagration within him, without speaking he remained doggedly rooted to his seat, till at last the incensed Radney shook the hammer within a few inches of his face, furiously commanding him to do his bidding.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (49% in)
  • Seeing, however, that his forbearance had not the slightest effect, by an awful and unspeakable intimation with his twisted hand he warned off the foolish and infatuated man; but it was to no purpose.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (49% in)
  • Mayhew having concluded his narration, Ahab put such questions to him, that the stranger captain could not forbear inquiring whether he intended to hunt the White Whale, if opportunity should offer.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (56% in)
  • And I do dare, sir—to be forbearing!
    Chapters 109-111 -- Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (17% in)

There are no more uses of "forbearance" in Moby Dick.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®