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treacherous
used in Moby Dick

8 uses
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Definition
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
  • Delight is to him whose strong arms yet support him, when the ship of this base treacherous world has gone down beneath him.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (97% in)
  • Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (52% in)
  • More than all, his treacherous retreats struck more of dismay than perhaps aught else.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (40% in)
  • Whisper it not, and I will tell; with a treacherous hook and line, as the fowl floated on the sea.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (74% in)
  • For a time, there reigned, too, a sense of peculiar dread at this flitting apparition, as if it were treacherously beckoning us on and on, in order that the monster might turn round upon us, and rend us at last in the remotest and most savage seas.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (76% in)
  • Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (26% in)
  • Whether it was that Tashtego, that wild Indian, was so heedless and reckless as to let go for a moment his one-handed hold on the great cabled tackles suspending the head; or whether the place where he stood was so treacherous and oozy; or whether the Evil One himself would have it to fall out so, without stating his particular reasons; how it was exactly, there is no telling now; but, on a sudden, as the eightieth or ninetieth bucket came suckingly up—my God! poor Tashtego—like the...
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (62% in)
  • But when Ahab cried out to the steersman to take new turns with the line, and hold it so; and commanded the crew to turn round on their seats, and tow the boat up to the mark; the moment the treacherous line felt that double strain and tug, it snapped in the empty air!
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (88% in)

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