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scorn
used in Moby Dick

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disrespect or reject as not good enough
  • Scorning a turnstile wheel at her reverend helm, she sported there a tiller; and that tiller was in one mass, curiously carved from the long narrow lower jaw of her hereditary foe.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (9% in)
  • Oh! most contemptible and worthy of all scorn; with slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God; prowling among the shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the seas.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (50% in)
  • Starting at the unforseen concluding exclamation of the so suddenly scornful old man, Stubb was speechless a moment; then said excitedly, "I am not used to be spoken to that way, sir; I do but less than half like it, sir."
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (70% in)
  • They may scorn cash now; but let some months go by, and no prospective promise of it to them, and then this same quiescent cash all at once mutinying in them, this same cash would soon cashier Ahab.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (12% in)
  • Why it is that all Merchant-seamen, and also all Pirates and Man-of-War's men, and Slave-ship sailors, cherish such a scornful feeling towards Whale-ships; this is a question it would be hard to answer.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (17% in)
  • With one foot on each prow of the yoked war-canoes, the Lakeman laughed him to scorn; assuring him that if the pistol so much as clicked in the lock, he would bury him in bubbles and foam.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (94% in)
  • ...wildly gesticulated with their huge pronged forks and dippers; as the wind howled on, and the sea leaped, and the ship groaned and dived, and yet steadfastly shot her red hell further and further into the blackness of the sea and the night, and scornfully champed the white bone in her mouth, and viciously spat round her on all sides; then the rushing Pequod, freighted with savages, and laden with fire, and burning a corpse, and plunging into that blackness of darkness, seemed the...
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (78% in)
  • I don't wonder he looked so scornful at me!
    Chapters 106-108 — Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (94% in)
  • ...more between; and each blow every day grew fainter than the last; the wife sat frozen at the window, with tearless eyes, glitteringly gazing into the weeping faces of her children; the bellows fell; the forge choked up with cinders; the house was sold; the mother dived down into the long church-yard grass; her children twice followed her thither; and the houseless, familyless old man staggered off a vagabond in crape; his every woe unreverenced; his grey head a scorn to flaxen curls!
    Chapters 112-114 — The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (27% in)
  • Not reasoning; not remonstrance; not entreaty wilt thou hearken to; all this thou scornest.
    Chapters 121-123 — Midnight, on the Forecastle; Midnight, Aloft; The Musket (80% in)
  • In his fiery eyes of scorn and triumph, you then saw Ahab in all his fatal pride.
    Chapters 124-126 — The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (33% in)

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  • Most famous in our Western annals and Indian traditions is that of the White Steed of the Prairies; a magnificent milk-white charger, large-eyed, small-headed, bluff-chested, and with the dignity of a thousand monarchs in his lofty, overscorning carriage.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (75% in)

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