Definition of Fabian in English:

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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.


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.



Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪbɪəˌnɪz(ə)m/
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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).

Words that rhyme with Fabian

Arabian, Bessarabian, gabion, Sabian, Swabian

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