Fabian

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[ fey-bee-uh n ]
/ ˈfeɪ bi ən /
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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 ]
/ ˈfeɪ bi ən /

noun

Saint,died a.d. 250, pope 236–250.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for fabian

Fabian

/ (ˈfeɪbɪən) /

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."

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