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peremptory
used in Moby Dick

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not allowing contradiction or refusal
  • He peremptorily denied for example, that any whale could so smite his stout sloop-of-war as to cause her to leak so much as a thimbleful.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (75% in)
  • The mates regularly relieved each other at the watches, and for aught that could be seen to the contrary, they seemed to be the only commanders of the ship; only they sometimes issued from the cabin with orders so sudden and peremptory, that after all it was plain they but commanded vicariously.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (2% in)
  • For, though himself and boat's crew remained untainted, and though his ship was half a rifle-shot off, and an incorruptible sea and air rolling and flowing between; yet conscientiously adhering to the timid quarantine of the land, he peremptorily refused to come into direct contact with the Pequod.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (24% in)
  • So like a choice casket is it secreted in him, that I have known some whalemen who peremptorily deny that the Sperm Whale has any other brain than that palpable semblance of one formed by the cubic-yards of his sperm magazine.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (18% in)
  • Moreover, as if perceiving at last that if he should give undiluted conscientious advice to Pip, he would be leaving him too wide a margin to jump in for the future; Stubb suddenly dropped all advice, and concluded with a peremptory command, "Stick to the boat, Pip, or by the Lord, I won't pick you up if you jump; mind that.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (87% in)
  • Though so short a period ago—not a good lifetime—the census of the buffalo in Illinois exceeded the census of men now in London, and though at the present day not one horn or hoof of them remains in all that region; and though the cause of this wondrous extermination was the spear of man; yet the far different nature of the whale-hunt peremptorily forbids so inglorious an end to the Leviathan.
    Chapters 103-105 -- Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (80% in)

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