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tradition
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
a long-established or previously long-established practice or belief

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one or more practices, beliefs, or stories passed down through generations within a specific culture or group
  • Look now at the wondrous traditional story of how this island was settled by the red-men.
    Chapters 13-15 — Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (54% in)
  • ...superior natural force, with a globular brain and a ponderous heart; who has also by the stillness and seclusion of many long night-watches in the remotest waters, and beneath constellations never seen here at the north, been led to think untraditionally and independently; receiving all nature's sweet or savage impressions fresh from her own virgin voluntary and confiding breast, and thereby chiefly, but with some help from accidental advantages, to learn a bold and nervous lofty...
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (27% in)
  • Nevertheless, the old sea-traditions, the immemorial credulities, popularly invested this old Manxman with preternatural powers of discernment.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (28% in)
  • In old Norse times, the thrones of the sea-loving Danish kings were fabricated, saith tradition, of the tusks of the narwhale.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (93% in)
  • As Abraham before the angels, I bowed myself; the white thing was so white, its wings so wide, and in those for ever exiled waters, I had lost the miserable warping memories of traditions and of towns.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (72% in)
  • 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)
  • Or what is there apart from the traditions of dungeoned warriors and kings (which will not wholly account for it) that makes the White Tower of London tell so much more strongly on the imagination of an untravelled American, than those other storied structures, its neighbors—the Byward Tower, or even the Bloody?
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (85% in)
  • There's your law of precedents; there's your utility of traditions; there's the story of your obstinate survival of old beliefs never bottomed on the earth, and now not even hovering in the air!
    Chapters 67-69 — Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (97% in)
  • But then there were some sceptical Greeks and Romans, who, standing out from the orthodox pagans of their times, equally doubted the story of Hercules and the whale, and Arion and the dolphin; and yet their doubting those traditions did not make those traditions one whit the less facts, for all that.
    Chapters 82-84 — The Honour and Glory of Whaling; Jonah Historically Regarded; Pitchpoling (44% in)
  • But then there were some sceptical Greeks and Romans, who, standing out from the orthodox pagans of their times, equally doubted the story of Hercules and the whale, and Arion and the dolphin; and yet their doubting those traditions did not make those traditions one whit the less facts, for all that.
    Chapters 82-84 — The Honour and Glory of Whaling; Jonah Historically Regarded; Pitchpoling (44% in)
  • Look! here, far water-locked; beyond all hum of human weal or woe; in these most candid and impartial seas; where to traditions no rocks furnish tablets; where for long Chinese ages, the billows have still rolled on speechless and unspoken to, as stars that shine upon the Niger's unknown source; here, too, life dies sunwards full of faith; but see! no sooner dead, than death whirls round the corpse, and it heads some other way.
    Chapters 115-117 — The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (63% in)

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