Fabian

1
[fey-bee-uh n]
adjective
  1. seeking victory by delay and harassment rather than by a decisive battle as in the manner of Fabius Maximus: Fabian policy.
  2. of or relating to the Fabian Society.
noun
  1. a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society.

Origin of Fabian

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First recorded in 1590–1600, Fabian is from the Latin word Fabiānus

Fabian

2
[fey-bee-uh n]
noun
  1. Saint,died a.d. 250, pope 236–250.
  2. a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for fabian

Contemporary Examples of fabian

  • Where Richter took moments in the news and gave them a genteel blur, Fabian Marcaccio goes for gross-out goop instead.

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    A Deity, Doubted

    Blake Gopnik

    June 4, 2012

  • In a press conference on the courthouse steps, Fabian Nunez proclaimed his son's innocence by reason of self-defense.

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    Arnold Pardoned My Son’s Attacker

    Bruce Henderson

    May 11, 2011

  • Esteban Nunez's father is Fabian Nunez, 45, the longest-serving speaker of the State Assembly in California's era of term limits.

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    Arnold Pardoned My Son’s Attacker

    Bruce Henderson

    May 11, 2011

  • His father, Fabian Nunez, is eyeing a run for California state treasurer.

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    Arnold Pardoned My Son’s Attacker

    Bruce Henderson

    May 11, 2011

Historical Examples of fabian

  • "He was one of the first members of the Fabian Society," Gilbert used to say proudly.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • It was they who induced the others to join the Fabian Society.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Fabian describes the archers dress at the battle of Agincourt.

    King Henry the Fifth

    William Shakespeare

  • Had he been slain, or was he waiting in chains to grace the Fabian triumph?

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • These Fabian tactics do not mean that the Sennussi are idle.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard


British Dictionary definitions for fabian

Fabian

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling the delaying tactics of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus; cautious; circumspect
noun
  1. a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society

Word Origin for Fabian

C19: from Latin Fabiānus of Fabius
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Word Origin and History for fabian

Fabian

"socialist," from Fabian Society, founded in Britain 1884, named for Quintus Fabius Maximus (surnamed Cunctator "the Delayer"), the cautious tactician who opposed Hannibal in the Second Punic War. The Fabians sought to draw a distinction between their slow-going tactics and those of anarchists and communists. The Latin gens name is possibly from faba "a bean."

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