criticising vehemently and successfully making light of as afire with annihilating invective
- making light of
- wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
- of Annihilate
(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Annihilate
But ere that close limit was gained, and while yet all three boats were plain as the ship's three masts to his eye; the White Whale churning himself into furious speed, almost in an instant as it were, rushing among the boats with open jaws, and a lashing tail, offered appalling battle on every side; and heedless of the irons darted at him from every boat, seemed only intent on annihilating each separate plank of which those boats were made.