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taunt
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
to intentionally anger, challenge, or upset someone — especially by mocking them or hurling insults

or (as a noun): an insult or other action intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone
  • Fiercely, but evenly incited by the taunts of the German, the Pequod's three boats now began ranging almost abreast; and, so disposed, momentarily neared him.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (52% in)
  • The awful tauntings in Job might well appal me.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (24% in)
  • A sky-hawk that tauntingly had followed the main-truck downwards from its natural home among the stars, pecking at the flag, and incommoding Tashtego there; this bird now chanced to intercept its broad fluttering wing between the hammer and the wood; and simultaneously feeling that etherial thrill, the submerged savage beneath, in his death-gasp, kept his hammer frozen there; and so the bird of heaven, with archangelic shrieks, and his imperial beak thrust upwards, and his whole...
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (99% in)

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