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foreboding
used in Moby Dick

5 uses
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Definition
a feeling that something bad is going to happen
  • But in his joy at the enchanted, tacit acquiescence of the mate, Ahab did not hear his foreboding invocation; nor yet the low laugh from the hold; nor yet the presaging vibrations of the winds in the cordage; nor yet the hollow flap of the sails against the masts, as for a moment their hearts sank in.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (89% in)
  • It was one of those less lowering, but still grey and gloomy enough mornings of the transition, when with a fair wind the ship was rushing through the water with a vindictive sort of leaping and melancholy rapidity, that as I mounted to the deck at the call of the forenoon watch, so soon as I levelled my glance towards the taffrail, foreboding shivers ran over me.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (17% in)
  • And Ahab, he too was standing on his quarter-deck, shaggy and black, with a stubborn gloom; and as the two ships crossed each other's wakes—one all jubilations for things passed, the other all forebodings as to things to come—their two captains in themselves impersonated the whole striking contrast of the scene.
    Chapters 115-117 -- The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (34% in)
  • "Ha! yonder! look yonder, men!" cried a foreboding voice in her wake.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (57% in)
  • Whatever pale fears and forebodings some of them might have felt before; these were not only now kept out of sight through the growing awe of Ahab, but they were broken up, and on all sides routed, as timid prairie hares that scatter before the bounding bison.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (38% in)

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