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deception
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
the act of lying to or misleading someone; or something that misleads
  • Ever and anon a bright, but, alas, deceptive idea would dart you through.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (42% in)
  • ...matter of surprise that some whalemen should go still further in their superstitions; declaring Moby Dick not only ubiquitous, but immortal (for immortality is but ubiquity in time); that though groves of spears should be planted in his flanks, he would still swim away unharmed; or if indeed he should ever be made to spout thick blood, such a sight would be but a ghastly deception; for again in unensanguined billows hundreds of leagues away, his unsullied jet would once more be seen.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (38% in)
  • Nor is the history of fanatics half so striking in respect to the measureless self-deception of the fanatic himself, as his measureless power of deceiving and bedevilling so many others.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (41% in)
  • At any rate—though indeed such a test at such a time might be deceptive—spoutings might be discovered from our low boat that seemed playing up almost from the rim of the horizon.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (81% in)

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