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heathen
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
an offensive term for a person who does not acknowledge the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam — especially someone who grew up in a culture that is not familiar with those religions
  • The opposite wall of this entry was hung all over with a heathenish array of monstrous clubs and spears.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (43% in)
  • But there was no time for shuddering, for now the savage went about something that completely fascinated my attention, and convinced me that he must indeed be a heathen.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (90% in)
  • He was sitting on a bench before the fire, with his feet on the stove hearth, and in one hand was holding close up to his face that little negro idol of his; peering hard into its face, and with a jack-knife gently whittling away at its nose, meanwhile humming to himself in his heathenish way.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (3% in)
  • But, alas! the practices of whalemen soon convinced him that even Christians could be both miserable and wicked; infinitely more so, than all his father's heathens.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (87% in)
  • For in their succourless empty-handedness, they, in the heathenish sharked waters, and by the beaches of unrecorded, javelin islands, battled with virgin wonders and terrors that Cook with all his marines and muskets would not willingly have dared.
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (77% in)
  • For though the harpooneers, with the great body of the crew, were a far more barbaric, heathenish, and motley set than any of the tame merchant-ship companies which my previous experiences had made me acquainted with, still I ascribed this—and rightly ascribed it—to the fierce uniqueness of the very nature of that wild Scandinavian vocation in which I had so abandonedly embarked.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (9% in)
  • ] Oh, God! to sail with such a heathen crew that have small touch of human mothers in them!
    Chapters 37-39 -- Sunset; Dusk; First Night-Watch (62% in)
  • There was some heathenish, coffin-coloured old lumber aboard, which, upon a long previous voyage, had been cut from the aboriginal groves of the Lackaday islands, and from these dark planks the coffin was recommended to be made.
    Chapters 109-111 -- Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (52% in)
  • Three punctures were made in the heathen flesh, and the White Whale's barbs were then tempered.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (68% in)
  • Then tell me; art thou not an arrant, all-grasping, intermeddling, monopolising, heathenish old scamp, to be one day making legs, and the next day coffins to clap them in, and yet again life-buoys out of those same coffins?
    Chapters 127-129 -- The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin--Ahab and Pip (7% in)

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