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latent
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
  • 'tis now that I do feel the latent horror in thee! but 'tis not me! that horror's out of me! and with the soft feeling of the human in me, yet will I try to fight ye, ye grim, phantom futures!
    Chapters 37-39 -- Sunset; Dusk; First Night-Watch (74% in)
  • And if at times these things bent the welded iron of his soul, much more did his far-away domestic memories of his young Cape wife and child, tend to bend him still more from the original ruggedness of his nature, and open him still further to those latent influences which, in some honest-hearted men, restrain the gush of dare-devil daring, so often evinced by others in the more perilous vicissitudes of the fishery.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (21% in)
  • But it was not in reasonable nature that a man so organized, and with such terrible experiences and remembrances as he had; it was not in nature that these things should fail in latently engendering an element in him, which, under suitable circumstances, would break out from its confinement, and burn all his courage up.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (32% in)
  • Yet these, perhaps, instead of being the unsuppressable symptoms of some latent weakness, or fright at his own resolve, were but the plainest tokens of its intensity.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (36% in)
  • Whether fagged by the three days' running chase, and the resistance to his swimming in the knotted hamper he bore; or whether it was some latent deceitfulness and malice in him: whichever was true, the White Whale's way now began to abate, as it seemed, from the boat so rapidly nearing him once more; though indeed the whale's last start had not been so long a one as before.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (84% in)

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