toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

substantiate
used in Moby Dick

5 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
provide evidence that proves or supports an argument or theory
  • In behalf of the dignity of whaling, I would fain advance naught but substantiated facts.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (1% in)
  • And hence not only at substantiated times, upon well known separate feeding-grounds, could Ahab hope to encounter his prey; but in crossing the widest expanses of water between those grounds he could, by his art, so place and time himself on his way, as even then not to be wholly without prospect of a meeting.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (18% in)
  • He substantiates every word.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (83% in)
  • Lionel then goes on to impute the shock to an earthquake, and seems to substantiate the imputation by stating that a great earthquake, somewhere about that time, did actually do great mischief along the Spanish land.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (87% in)
  • I should like to conclude the chapter with the above appeal, but cannot, owing to my anxiety to repel a charge often made against whalemen, and which, in the estimation of some already biased minds, might be considered as indirectly substantiated by what has been said of the Frenchman's two whales.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (58% in)

There are no more uses of "substantiate" in Moby Dick.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®