Definition of Fabian in English:


Line breaks: Fa¦bian
Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪbɪən


  • A member or supporter of the Fabian Society, an organization of socialists aiming to achieve socialism by gradual rather than revolutionary means.
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    • A few months ago, a leading Labor politician told me that the ALP, throughout the Cold War, had had three main factions: the Fabians, the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats.
    • Meanwhile Attlee became committed to socialism, joining the Fabians in 1907 and the Independent Labour Party in 1908.
    • Thus, neither the Fabians nor the ethical socialists showed much sympathy for the strong democratic programme of the S.D.F.


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  • 1Relating to or characteristic of the Fabians: the Fabian movement
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    • It was the domination of western style thinking and the growing preoccupation of the new regimes with Fabian style thinking that came in the way of citizens of the world, facing a new historical reality, together realising a better world.
    • The dominant agenda grew from the Fabian perspective.
    • In 1947, writing for an influential intellectual magazine he edited, this Fabian Confucianist none the less remained suspicious of the Communists' dictatorial tendencies.
  • 1.1Employing a cautiously persistent and dilatory strategy to wear out an enemy: Fabian tactics
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    • For example, some of the economic implications of a Fabian strategy arise in the discussions of both the impact of the goal of slavery and the goal of independence on Southern strategy.
    • Next, a Fabian strategy necessarily gives up ground.
    • A popular strategic approach for smaller, weaker states, Fabian Strategy has its roots in the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome.



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  • Kier Hardie, the founder of the Independent Labour Party, is praised for steering ‘British socialism away from Marxism and egg-headed Fabianism.’
  • Those who struggle to understand the differences between Marxism and socialism, Fabianism and secularism might not be any clearer in their understanding after reading this book.
  • What we oppose is statism, whether it's called Bolshevism, National Socialism, Fascism, Fabianism, or New Dealism.




late 18th century: from the name of Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (see Fabius).

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