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impetuous
used in Moby Dick

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impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
  • For however eagerly and impetuously the savage crew had hailed the announcement of his quest; yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable—they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness—and...
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (8% in)
impetuously = impulsively (acting suddenly without much thought)
  • ...of common occurrence in this kind of life; considering that at the superlatively critical instant of going on to the whale I must resign my life into the hands of him who steered the boat—oftentimes a fellow who at that very moment is in his impetuousness upon the point of scuttling the craft with his own frantic stampings; considering that the particular disaster to our own particular boat was chiefly to be imputed to Starbuck's driving on to his whale almost in the teeth of a squall,...
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (16% in)
  • I see!' impetuously exclaimed Don Pedro, spilling his chicha upon his silvery ruffles.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (59% in)
  • "Man my boat!" cried Ahab, impetuously, and tossing about the oars near him—"Stand by to lower!"
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (3% in)

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