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sovereign
used in Moby Dick

4 uses
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Definition
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
  • One complained of a bad cold in his head, upon which Jonah mixed him a pitch-like potion of gin and molasses, which he swore was a sovereign cure for all colds and catarrhs whatsoever, never mind of how long standing, or whether caught off the coast of Labrador, or on the weather side of an ice-island.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (55% in)
  • It will readily be seen that in this case the alleged right of the Duke to the whale was a delegated one from the Sovereign.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (92% in)
  • We must needs inquire then on what principle the Sovereign is originally invested with that right.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (93% in)
  • They asked him, then, whether to live or die was a matter of his own sovereign will and pleasure.
    Chapters 109-111 -- Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (78% in)

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