- 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.
- a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society.
Origin of Fabian1
- 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.A Deity, Doubted
June 4, 2012
In a press conference on the courthouse steps, Fabian Nunez proclaimed his son's innocence by reason of self-defense.
Esteban Nunez's father is Fabian Nunez, 45, the longest-serving speaker of the State Assembly in California's era of term limits.
His father, Fabian Nunez, is eyeing a run for California state treasurer.
Historical Examples of fabian
"He was one of the first members of the Fabian Society," Gilbert used to say proudly.
It was they who induced the others to join the Fabian Society.
Fabian describes the archers dress at the battle of Agincourt.King Henry the Fifth
Had he been slain, or was he waiting in chains to grace the Fabian triumph?The Lion's Brood
These Fabian tactics do not mean that the Sennussi are idle.The New World of Islam
- of, relating to, or resembling the delaying tactics of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus; cautious; circumspect
- a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society
Word Origin for 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."