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Fabian

[fey-bee-uh n] /ˈfeɪ bi ən/
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
3.
a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society.
Origin of Fabian
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Fabiānus

Fabian

[fey-bee-uh n] /ˈfeɪ bi ən/
noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 250, pope 236–250.
2.
a male given name.
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  • "You mustn't, Fabian," said Henri, eagerly clutching Fabian's sleeve.

  • The animal has got rid of his enemy,” interrupted Fabian, “he is about to spring into the river!

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  • Qu'est ceci, Fabian, quel nouveau coup de foudreTombe sur mon espoir, et le rduit en poudre?

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • Fabian shut his eyes so as not to witness the horrible scene about to take place.

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  • Both were of hearty dispositions, but Fabian had a taste for liquor, and Henri for pretty faces and shapely ankles.

  • “I know how to make him accept it,” said Fabian, picking up the fallen knife.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for Fabian

Fabian

/ˈfeɪbɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling the delaying tactics of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus; cautious; circumspect
noun
2.
a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society
Word Origin
C19: from Latin Fabiānus of Fabius
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Word Origin and History 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."

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