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male proper name, from Latin, literally "solemn, joyous, festive" (see feast).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • festus: We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • Agrippa said to festus, "I should like to hear the man myself."

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • "Then I am glad he has not sold me one of his own," said festus Clasby.

    Waysiders Seumas O'Kelly
  • There is no doubt that the line is from Ennius; it is also quoted as his in festus, p. 355.

  • But they both—and more particularly festus Willard—appreciated the courage and honor of the "Clarion's" new standards.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • You see now, most noble festus, the reason of my journey hitherwards.

    The Disowned, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Then, unhappily, festus--who was a just and good governor--died, and Albinus succeeded him.

    For the Temple G. A. Henty
  • Wurzburg, where festus and Paracelsus had been as students, is on its banks.

  • None of you need fear anything; you have my assurances; I am here by the permission of the noble festus.

    The Brook Kerith George Moore
  • Anne felt the presence of the swashing festus, and stopped her reading.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy

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