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ostentatious
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
  • they would ostentatiously sharpen their knives
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (25% in)
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice and impress others
  • Though truly vivacious, tumultuous, ostentatious little Flask would now and then stamp with impatience; but not one added heave did he thereby give to the negro's lordly chest.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (68% in)
  • What to the ostentatious smuggling verbalists are the thoughts of thinkers but Loose-Fish?
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (71% in)
  • To this gentleman, Stubb was now politely introduced by the Guernsey-man, who at once ostentatiously put on the aspect of interpreting between them.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (33% in)
  • While the Frenchman's boats, then, were engaged in towing the ship one way, Stubb benevolently towed away at his whale the other way, ostentatiously slacking out a most unusually long tow-line.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (42% in)
  • The season for the Line at length drew near; and every day when Ahab, coming from his cabin, cast his eyes aloft, the vigilant helmsman would ostentatiously handle his spokes, and the eager mariners quickly run to the braces, and would stand there with all their eyes centrally fixed on the nailed doubloon; impatient for the order to point the ship's prow for the equator.
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (1% in)

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