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veritable
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
used for emphasis:  to describe one thing as almost like another (more intense) thing
  • Therefore you must not, in every case at least, take the higgledy-piggledy whale statements, however authentic, in these extracts, for veritable gospel cetology.
    Extracts (2% in)
  • In some instances, to the quick, observant eye, those linear marks, as in a veritable engraving, but afford the ground for far other delineations.
    Chapters 67-69 — Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (55% in)
  • ...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 twin reciprocating bucket in a veritable well, dropped head-foremost down into this great Tun of Heidelburgh, and with a horrible oily gurgling, went clean out of sight!
    Chapters 76-78 — The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (64% in)
  • A veritable witness have you hitherto been, Ishmael; but have a care how you seize the privilege of Jonah alone; the privilege of discoursing upon the joists and beams; the rafters, ridge-pole, sleepers, and under-pinnings, making up the frame-work of leviathan; and belike of the tallow-vats, dairy-rooms, butteries, and cheeseries in his bowels.
    Chapters 100-102 — The Pequod meets....; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (76% in)

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