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used in The Aeneid

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socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
  • Menoetes heard; But secret shelves too cautiously he fear'd, And, fearing, sought the deep; and still aloof he steer'd.
    Book 5 (19% in)
  • "Now peals of shouts come thund'ring from afar, Cries, threats, and loud laments, and mingled war: The noise approaches, tho' our palace stood Aloof from streets, encompass'd with a wood.
    Book 2 (36% in)
  • 'T is safer, then, to bear aloof to sea, And coast Pachynus, tho' with more delay, Than once to view misshapen Scylla near, And the loud yell of wat'ry wolves to hear.
    Book 3 (58% in)
  • Sure of his pilot's loss, he takes himself The helm, and steers aloof, and shuns the shelf.
    Book 5 (**% in)
  • With poles and missive weapons, from afar, The Trojans keep aloof the rising war.
    Book 9 (61% in)
  • ...bred, With forest mast and fatt'ning marshes fed, When once he sees himself in toils inclos'd, By huntsmen and their eager hounds oppos'dHe whets his tusks, and turns, and dares the war; Th' invaders dart their jav'lins from afar: All keep aloof, and safely shout around; But none presumes to give a nearer wound: He frets and froths, erects his bristled hide, And shakes a grove of lances from his side: Not otherwise the troops, with hate inspir'd, And just revenge against the tyrant...
    Book 10 (77% in)
  • When she retires victorious from the chase, He wheels about with care, and shifts his place; When, rushing on, she seeks her foes flight, He keeps aloof, but keeps her still in sight: He threats, and trembles, trying ev'ry way, Unseen to kill, and safely to betray.
    Book 11 (85% in)
  • Now Turnus rolls aloof o'er empty plains, And here and there some straggling foes he gleans.
    Book 12 (65% in)
  • You, far aloof from your forsaken bands, Your rolling chariot drive o'er empty.
    Book 12 (70% in)

There are no more uses of "aloof" in The Aeneid.

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