fustian


fustian
fustian n rant, rodomontade, *bombast, rhapsody

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  • Fustian — (also called bombast) is a term for a variety of heavy woven, mostly cotton fabrics, chiefly prepared for menswear. It is also used to refer to pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech, from at least the time of Shakespeare. History and …   Wikipedia

  • Fustian — A term given to the class of cotton fabrics which includes corduroys, moleskins, constitution cords, cords, etc., used for clothing purposes. Beaverteens, imperials and swansdowns are also fustians. They are all constructed to give a very strong …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Fustian — Fus tian, a. 1. Made of fustian. [1913 Webster] 2. Pompous; ridiculously tumid; inflated; bombastic; as, fustian history. Walpole. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fustian — Fus tian, n. [OE. fustan, fustian, OF. fustaine, F. futaine, It. fustagno, fr. LL. fustaneum, fustanum; cf. Pr. fustani, Sp. fustan. So called from Fust[=a]t, i. e., Cairo, where it was made.] 1. A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fustian — [fus′chən, fust′yən] n. [ME < OFr fustaigne < ML fustaneum (< L fustis, wooden stick) used as transl. of Gr xylinon < xylinos, wooden (in LXX, cotton)] 1. Historical a coarse cloth of cotton and linen 2. a thick cotton cloth with a… …   English World dictionary

  • fustian — I adjective bombastic, declamatory, flatulent, gausape, grandiloquent, grandiose, high flown, high sounding, inflated, mouthy, orotund, pompous, pretentious, ranting, swollen, tumid, turgid II noun affectation, altiloquence, bombast, bombastic… …   Law dictionary

  • fustian — thick cotton cloth, c.1200, from O.Fr. fustaigne, from M.L. fustaneum, probably from L. fustis staff, stick of wood, probably a loan translation of Gk. xylina lina linens of wood (i.e. cotton ), but the M.L. word also is sometimes said to be from …   Etymology dictionary

  • fustian — [adj] pompous arrogant, boastful, bombastic, conceited, flaunting, high and mighty*, highfalutin, lofty, ostentatious, pontifical, portentous, pretentious, puffed up*, ranting, self centered, self important, vain, vainglorious; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • fustian — ► NOUN ▪ a thick, hard wearing twilled cloth. ORIGIN from Latin pannus fustaneus cloth from Fostat , a suburb of Cairo …   English terms dictionary

  • fustian — /fus cheuhn/, n. 1. a stout fabric of cotton and flax. 2. a fabric of stout twilled cotton or of cotton and low quality wool, with a short nap or pile. 3. inflated or turgid language in writing or speaking: Fustian can t disguise the author s… …   Universalium


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