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indifferent
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
  • A happy-go-lucky ... taking perils as they came with an indifferent air;
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (49% in)
indifferent = without interest
  • Considering how sociably we had been sleeping together the night previous, and especially considering the affectionate arm I had found thrown over me upon waking in the morning, I thought this indifference of his very strange.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (16% in)
  • There he sat, his very indifference speaking a nature in which there lurked no civilized hypocrisies and bland deceits.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (26% in)
  • If there yet lurked any ice of indifference towards me in the Pagan's breast, this pleasant, genial smoke we had, soon thawed it out, and left us cronies.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (34% in)
  • Here, then, was this grey-headed, ungodly old man, chasing with curses a Job's whale round the world, at the head of a crew, too, chiefly made up of mongrel renegades, and castaways, and cannibals—morally enfeebled also, by the incompetence of mere unaided virtue or right-mindedness in Starbuck, the invunerable jollity of indifference and recklessness in Stubb, and the pervading mediocrity in Flask.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (58% in)
  • Much the same is it with the backwoodsman of the West, who with comparative indifference views an unbounded prairie sheeted with driven snow, no shadow of tree or twig to break the fixed trance of whiteness.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (92% in)
  • Meantime, Queequeg's impulsive, indifferent sword, sometimes hitting the woof slantingly, or crookedly, or strongly, or weakly, as the case might be; and by this difference in the concluding blow producing a corresponding contrast in the final aspect of the completed fabric; this savage's sword, thought I, which thus finally shapes and fashions both warp and woof; this easy, indifferent sword must be chance—aye, chance, free will, and necessity—nowise incompatible—all interweavingly...
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (22% in)
  • ...impulsive, indifferent sword, sometimes hitting the woof slantingly, or crookedly, or strongly, or weakly, as the case might be; and by this difference in the concluding blow producing a corresponding contrast in the final aspect of the completed fabric; this savage's sword, thought I, which thus finally shapes and fashions both warp and woof; this easy, indifferent sword must be chance—aye, chance, free will, and necessity—nowise incompatible—all interweavingly working together.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (23% in)
  • But the sight of little Flask mounted upon gigantic Daggoo was yet more curious; for sustaining himself with a cool, indifferent, easy, unthought of, barbaric majesty, the noble negro to every roll of the sea harmoniously rolled his fine form.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (68% in)
  • But one cannot sustain an indifferent air concerning Fedallah.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (50% in)
  • I think his broad brow to be full of a prairie-like placidity, born of a speculative indifference as to death.
    Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (99% in)
  • * *The sperm whale, as with all other species of the Leviathan, but unlike most other fish, breeds indifferently at all seasons; after a gestation which may probably be set down at nine months, producing but one at a time; though in some few known instances giving birth to an Esau and Jacob:—a contingency provided for in suckling by two teats, curiously situated, one on each side of the anus; but the breasts themselves extend upwards from that.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (88% in)
  • So man's insanity is heaven's sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (99% in)
  • Thus, this carpenter was prepared at all points, and alike indifferent and without respect in all.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (41% in)
  • 'tis but indifferent architecture to make a blind dome; here's one.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (76% in)
  • No sooner was the carpenter apprised of the order, than taking his rule, he forthwith with all the indifferent promptitude of his character, proceeded into the forecastle and took Queequeg's measure with great accuracy, regularly chalking Queequeg's person as he shifted the rule.
    Chapters 109-111 -- Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (54% in)
  • Come in thy lowest form of love, and I will kneel and kiss thee; but at thy highest, come as mere supernal power; and though thou launchest navies of full-freighted worlds, there's that in here that still remains indifferent.
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (76% in)
  • Oh, I'm indifferent enough, sir, for that; but the reason why the grave-digger made music must have been because there was none in his spade, sir.
    Chapters 127-129 -- The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin--Ahab and Pip (11% in)
  • ...latitude and longitude where his tormenting wound had been inflicted; now that a vessel had been spoken which on the very day preceding had actually encountered Moby Dick;—and now that all his successive meetings with various ships contrastingly concurred to show the demoniac indifference with which the white whale tore his hunters, whether sinning or sinned against; now it was that there lurked a something in the old man's eyes, which it was hardly sufferable for feeble souls to see.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (3% in)

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