fustian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fustian a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap
    • n fustian pompous or pretentious talk or writing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fustian A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc.
    • Fustian An inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high-sounding words are used, above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; bombast. "Claudius . . . has run his description into the most wretched fustian ."
    • Fustian Made of fustian.
    • Fustian Pompous; ridiculously tumid; inflated; bombastic; as, fustian history.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fustian Formerly, a stout cloth, supposed to have been of cotton or cotton and flax. It was in use in Europe throughout the middle ages. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries priests' robes and women's dresses were made of it, and there were both cheap and costly varieties. It appears to have been worn when strength and durability were required, and gradually the use of it was confined to servants and laborers. In the reign of Edward III. the name was given to a similar fabric woven of wool, the nap of which was sheared.
    • n fustian In present use, a stout twilled cotton fabric, especially that which has a short nap, variously called corduroy, moleskin, beaverteen, velveteen, thickset, etc., according to the way in which it is finished. See pillow.
    • n fustian An inflated or turgid style of speaking or writing, characterized by the use of high-sounding phrases and exaggerated metaphors, and running into hyperbole and rant; empty phrasing.
    • n fustian A potation composed of the yolks of eggs, white wine or other liquor, lemon, and spices.
    • n fustian Synonyms Turgidness, Rant, etc. See bombast.
    • fustian Made of fustian.
    • fustian Pompous in style; ridiculously tumid; bombastic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fustian fust′yan a kind of coarse, twilled cotton fabric, including moleskin, velveteen, corduroy, &c.: a pompous and unnatural style of writing or speaking: bombast: a liquor made of white wine with yolk of eggs, lemon, spices, &c
    • Fustian adj. made of fustian: bombastic
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fustan, fustian, OF. fustaine, F. futaine, It. fustagno, fr. LL. fustaneum, fustanum,; cf. Pr. fustani, Sp. fustan,. So called from Fustāt, i. e., Cairo, where it was made

Usage

In literature:

Fustian, curious statute of Henry VII.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
The manufacture of corduroys, bed-ticking, fustian, jeans, and cotton-yarn had been started.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
This cloth was dyed and pressed and was called fustian.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
It is a steadfast rebuke to rant and fustian.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
They shrink from the rough fustian, the labourer's cotton smock, the leather suit of George Fox.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
It was dark in the shop, and the smell of fustian absorbed the air.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
Velveteen and cordings in the lower, coarser grades were sometimes called Fustian.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
Curse her infernal twaddle about the rights of humanity and such fustian.
"Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
Fustian Breeches, 6 prs.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
He used all manner of threats and unctuous fustian.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
No keepers in green fustians, no array of thoroughbred dogs, but instead four plain setters with a touch of shepherd in them.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
It smacks of fustian!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 13, 1893" by Various
A vigorous line or phrase occasionally redeems the chaos of rant, fustian, indecency, ill-nature, and muddled thought.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
Pastoral duties and domesticity probably cured Young of some bad habits; but, unhappily, they did not cure him either of flattery or of fustian.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
The dress consists of fustian, over which a blue smock frock with white stripes is thrown.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
My white Fustian Wascote.
"Women of America" by John Rouse Larus
Now and then he punctuated his speech by rubbing his fustian arm across his nose in true plebeian fashion.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
It is made of a bit of gray stuff, with points of green and black fustian, and lined with a bit of an old mattress cover.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 3 of 6" by Eugène Sue
You have artifice instead of feeling, and conceits and often downright fustian instead of heart, soul, and human passion.
"Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets, Vol. I (of 2)" by William Howitt
It was open, and in it lay the body of a young man, wearing the smockfrock of a rustic, and fustian breeches.
"Great Ghost Stories" by Various
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In poetry:

WHAT is a poet's love?--
To write a girl a sonnet,
To get a ring, or some such thing,
And fustianize upon it.
"The Poet’s Lot" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Readers with a low tolerance for fustian may be put off by the writer's style, but there is no denying that his arguments have merit.
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