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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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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 saint 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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