Fabian

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[fey-bee-uh n]
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adjective

seeking victory by delay and harassment rather than by a decisive battle as in the manner of Fabius Maximus: Fabian policy.
of or relating to the Fabian Society.

noun

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

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[fey-bee-uh n]

noun

Saint,died a.d. 250, pope 236–250.
a male given name.
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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

  • Just look out, Mrs. Fabian, and see if you can see a gap across the road.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Mr. Fabian saw, from the corner of his eye, that Polly was behind him trying to draw his attention.

    Polly in New York

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Mr. Fabian was so relieved at the sin he feared to hear about, that he laughed louder than the two girls.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • If it don't—well, it won't; that's all; but I want you to have the business long enough to baulk Belloc and Fabian the deserter.

  • Mrs. Stewart went first, but she was so nervous that Mr. Fabian followed closely behind her to steady her trembling form.

    Polly in New York

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy



British Dictionary definitions for fabian

Fabian

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling the delaying tactics of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus; cautious; circumspect

noun

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper