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vindictive
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
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Definition
revengeful or malicious
  • When on that shivering winter's night, the Pequod thrust her vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves, who should I see standing at her helm but Bulkington!
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (45% in)
  • It was one of those less lowering, but still grey and gloomy enough mornings of the transition, when with a fair wind the ship was rushing through the water with a vindictive sort of leaping and melancholy rapidity, that as I mounted to the deck at the call of the forenoon watch, so soon as I levelled my glance towards the taffrail, foreboding shivers ran over me.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (16% in)
  • Small reason was there to doubt, then, that ever since that almost fatal encounter, Ahab had cherished a wild vindictiveness against the whale, all the more fell for that in his frantic morbidness he at last came to identify with him, not only all his bodily woes, but all his intellectual and spiritual exasperations.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (44% in)
  • It would be refining too much, perhaps, even considering his monomania, to hint that his vindictiveness towards the White Whale might have possibly extended itself in some degree to all sperm whales, and that the more monsters he slew by so much the more he multiplied the chances that each subsequently encountered whale would prove to be the hated one he hunted.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (2% in)
  • But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures;—he called the carpenter.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (22% in)
  • Ripplingly withdrawing from his prey, Moby Dick now lay at a little distance, vertically thrusting his oblong white head up and down in the billows; and at the same time slowly revolving his whole spindled body; so that when his vast wrinkled forehead rose—some twenty or more feet out of the water—the now rising swells, with all their confluent waves, dazzlingly broke against it; vindictively tossing their shivered spray still higher into the air.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (18% in)

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