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sagacious
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
  • But if these suspicions were really his, he sagaciously refrained from verbally expressing them,
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (26% in)
sagaciously = wisely
  • I had not a little relied upon Queequeg's sagacity to point out the whaler best fitted to carry us and our fortunes securely.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (3% in)
  • I told him, too, that he being in other things such an extremely sensible and sagacious savage, it pained me, very badly pained me, to see him now so deplorably foolish about this ridiculous Ramadan of his.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (80% in)
  • For though some old naturalists have maintained that all creatures of the land are of their kind in the sea; and though taking a broad general view of the thing, this may very well be; yet coming to specialties, where, for example, does the ocean furnish any fish that in disposition answers to the sagacious kindness of the dog?
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (13% in)
  • But, peradventure, it may be sagaciously urged, how is this?
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (92% in)
  • The result of this lowering was somewhat illustrative of that sagacious saying in the Fishery,—the more whales the less fish.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (**% in)
  • But this same bone is not in the tail; it is in the head, which is a sad mistake for a sagacious lawyer like Prynne.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (97% in)
  • That night, in the mid-watch, when the old man—as his wont at intervals—stepped forth from the scuttle in which he leaned, and went to his pivot-hole, he suddenly thrust out his face fiercely, snuffing up the sea air as a sagacious ship's dog will, in drawing nigh to some barbarous isle.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (0% in)
  • ...by his compass, and takes the precise bearing of the cape at present visible, in order the more certainly to hit aright the remote, unseen headland, eventually to be visited: so does the fisherman, at his compass, with the whale; for after being chased, and diligently marked, through several hours of daylight, then, when night obscures the fish, the creature's future wake through the darkness is almost as established to the sagacious mind of the hunter, as the pilot's coast is to him.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (34% in)

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