- a procrastinator; delayer.
Origin of cunctator
1645–55; < Latin, equivalent to cunctā(rī) to delay + -tor -tor
[fey-bee-uh s mak-suh-muh s]
- Quintus Fabius Maximus VerrucosusCunctator, 275–203 b.c., Roman statesman and general: defeated Hannibal's army by harassment without risking a pitched battle.
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Examples from the Web for cunctator
Excellenz, it is not Cunctator Daun this time, it is fiery Loudon.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XX. (of XXI.)
From pursuing this policy he received the surname of Cunctator, or the Lingerer.A Smaller History of Rome
William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Cunctator, a name given to Fabius Maximus on account of the tantalising tactics he adopted to wear out his adversary Hannibal.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Edited by Rev. James Wood
He was justly compared to Fabius Maximus, distinguished by the epithet of Cunctator.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.
Hence he received that new name, so salutary to the commonwealth, of Cunctator, or Delayer.
- full name Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, called Cunctator (the delayer). died 203 bc, Roman general and statesman. As commander of the Roman army during the Second Punic War, he withstood Hannibal by his strategy of harassing the Carthaginians while avoiding a pitched battle
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