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deceive
used in Moby Dick

4 uses
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Definition
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
  • Sway me up, men; ye have been deceived; not Moby Dick casts one odd jet that way, and then disappears.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (41% in)
  • It was an exceedingly LONG LAY that, indeed; and though from the magnitude of the figure it might at first deceive a landsman, yet the slightest consideration will show that though seven hundred and seventy-seven is a pretty large number, yet, when you come to make a TEENTH of it, you will then see, I say, that the seven hundred and seventy-seventh part of a farthing is a good deal less than seven hundred and seventy-seven gold doubloons; and so I thought at the time.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (43% in)
  • But it seemed that, when on the wharf, Queequeg had not at all noticed what I now alluded to; hence I would have thought myself to have been optically deceived in that matter, were it not for Elijah's otherwise inexplicable question.
    Chapters 19-21 — The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (82% 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)

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