Definition of fustian in English:

fustian

Syllabification: fus·tian
Pronunciation: /ˈfəsCHən
 
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noun

  • 1Thick, durable twilled cloth with a short nap, usually dyed in dark colors.
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    • Some wore velvet jackets and fustian trousers.
    • In the early nineteenth century, as earlier, most British working-class women made their families' clothes, from cotton calicoes for dresses and shirts, and from fustian for trousers and jackets.
    • Apparel made of fustian, canvas, leather, and wool is always deemed appropriate for those of the ‘inferior sort’.
  • 2Pompous or pretentious speech or writing: a smoke screen of fustian and fantasy
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    • One of the champions of self-exposure is Henry James, who often stitches together a few scraps of dialog with acres of inner fustian.
    • If you do, you are miles away from my opinion, for I hold that Homer no more dreamed of all this allegorical fustian than Ovid in his Metamorphoses dreamed of the Gospel.
    • It reminds a reader that, unlike the surrounding fustian, this little piece of language is to be treated with reflective care.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French fustaigne, from medieval Latin fustaneum, from (pannus) fustaneus 'cloth from Fostat', a suburb of Cairo; sense 2 perhaps from the fact that fustian was sometimes used to cover pillows and cushions, implying that the language was “padded”; compare with bombast.

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