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surmise
used in Moby Dick

8 uses
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Definition
a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence;
or: infer from incomplete evidence;
or: imagine to be the case or true or probable
  • But you cannot prove either of these surmises to be correct.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (66% in)
  • But after embattling his facts, an advocate who should wholly suppress a not unreasonable surmise, which might tell eloquently upon his cause—such an advocate, would he not be blameworthy?
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (1% in)
  • But neither great Washington, nor Napoleon, nor Nelson, will answer a single hail from below, however madly invoked to befriend by their counsels the distracted decks upon which they gaze; however it may be surmised, that their spirits penetrate through the thick haze of the future, and descry what shoals and what rocks must be shunned.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (37% in)
  • But not so did it seem to Ahab, who knew the sets of all tides and currents; and thereby calculating the driftings of the sperm whale's food; and, also, calling to mind the regular, ascertained seasons for hunting him in particular latitudes; could arrive at reasonable surmises, almost approaching to certainties, concerning the timeliest day to be upon this or that ground in search of his prey.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (11% in)
  • CHAPTER 46 Surmises.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (0% in)
  • His title, schoolmaster, would very naturally seem derived from the name bestowed upon the harem itself, but some have surmised that the man who first thus entitled this sort of Ottoman whale, must have read the memoirs of Vidocq, and informed himself what sort of a country-schoolmaster that famous Frenchman was in his younger days, and what was the nature of those occult lessons he inculcated into some of his pupils.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (24% in)
  • I partly surmise also, that this wicked charge against whalers may be likewise imputed to the existence on the coast of Greenland, in former times, of a Dutch village called Schmerenburgh or Smeerenberg, which latter name is the one used by the learned Fogo Von Slack, in his great work on Smells, a text-book on that subject.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (62% in)
  • It were perhaps vain to surmise exactly why it was, that as respecting Starbuck, Ahab thus acted.
    Chapters 109-111 -- Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (24% in)

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