cunctation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cunctation the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cunctation Delay; procrastination.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cunctation Delay; cautious slowness; deliberateness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cunctation delay
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cunctatio, fr. cunctari, p. p. cunctatus, to delay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—cunctāri, to delay.

Usage

In literature:

Waiting for three months here till the curtain rose, it was Friedrich that had to play Cunctator.
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIX. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--Friedrich Like to be Overwhelmed in The Seven-Years War--1759-1760" by Thomas Carlyle
After the arrival of the deputies in France, the cunctative policy inspired by the Lord Treasurer was continued by England.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
Die the surname of Cunctator.
"Castle Richmond" by Anthony Trollope
But no one was ever more undecided than the famous cunctator.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
He lay down on his pillow and was soon dreaming about the uniform of Fabius Cunctator.
"Erick and Sally" by Johanna Spyri
CUNCTATOR, a name given to Fabius Maximus on account of the tantalising tactics he adopted to wear out his adversary Hannibal.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
But now and hereafter Fabius Cunctator waits for Russia.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
MAXIMUM: the famous Q. Fabius Maximus Verrucosus Ovicula Cunctator, hero of the Second Punic War.
"Cato Maior de Senectute" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
He was justly compared to Fabius Maximus, distinguished by the epithet of Cunctator.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
That ever prospered by cunctation.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
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