Definitions for fustianˈfʌs tʃən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a stout fabric of cotton and flax.
a fabric of stout twilled cotton or of cotton and low-quality wool, with a short nap or pile.
inflated or turgid language in writing or speaking.
(adj.)made of fustian.
pompous or bombastic, as language.
Origin of fustian:
1150–1200; ME < OF fustaigne < ML fūstāneum
bombast, fustian, rant, claptrap, blah(noun)
pompous or pretentious talk or writing
a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap
A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff
A class of cloth including corduroy and velveteen
Pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech
a kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc
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
made of fustian
pompous; ridiculously tumid; inflated; bombastic; as, fustian history
Fustian is a term for a variety of heavy woven cloth, cotton fabrics, that are chiefly prepared for menswear. It is also used to refer to pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech, from at least the time of Shakespeare. This literary use is because the cloth type was often used as padding, hence, the purposeless words are 'bombast'.
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