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profane
used in Moby Dick

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grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
  • Charley profanely hinted they were humbug.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (27% in)
  • It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm of a poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random allusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever, sacred or profane.
    Extracts (2% in)
  • —FULLLER'S PROFANE AND HOLY STATE.
    Extracts (30% in)
  • As if long habituated to such profane talk from his old shipmate, Bildad, without noticing his present irreverence, quietly looked up, and seeing me, glanced again inquiringly towards Peleg.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (36% in)
  • "No need of profane words, however great the hurry, Peleg," said Bildad, "but away with thee, friend Starbuck, and do our bidding."
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (3% in)
  • Nevertheless, not three days previous, Bildad had told them that no profane songs would be allowed on board the Pequod, particularly in getting under weigh; and Charity, his sister, had placed a small choice copy of Watts in each seaman's berth.
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (15% in)
  • I do not suppose that for the world they would have profaned that moment with the slightest observation, even upon so neutral a topic as the weather.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (9% in)
  • One day the planks stream with freshets of blood and oil; on the sacred quarter-deck enormous masses of the whale's head are profanely piled; great rusty casks lie about, as in a brewery yard; the smoke from the try-works has besooted all the bulwarks; the mariners go about suffused with unctuousness; the entire ship seems great leviathan himself; while on all hands the din is deafening.
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (16% in)

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