fustian


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Synonyms for fustian

pretentious, pompous speech or writing

Synonyms for fustian

pompous or pretentious talk or writing

a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap

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fusteinnier 1200 (fusteinnier [OF] 'maker or seller of fustian' MED, fustian n.
In the meantime, the Temperance Address wasted Washington's legacy and was "the most fustian performance he would ever give." More generally, Lincoln's rhetorical use of Washington in the 1840s was "opportunistic or empty."
Its unusually explicit, though permissive, stage directions state that the clown, Bunch the Botcher, comes on stage "with a paire of sheares, a handbasket with a crossebottome of thread, three or foure paire of old stockings, peeces of fustian and cloath, &c." (8) After delivering his introductory comic monologue, "He hangs three or foure paire of hose upon a sticke, and falls to sowing one hose heele and sings" (lines 227-28).
(39) In repeatedly emphasizing the club, Heywood again draws attention to the play's own theatricality by creating a more emblematic representation of Hercules--a character who becomes a tableau comprised of his fustian language, histrionic gestures, and symbolic club.
Indeed, in some restoration projects, the only thing successfully cloned was the Faustian fustian of Shelley and Crichton's cautionary tales.
"In the reading of one act," Spencer writes, "you guess the consequence; for here is no bombasted or fustian stuff, but every line weighed as with balance, and every sentence placed with judgment and deliberation" (Middleton 3: 250-51).
of the shabby genteel, or silk and fustian order of authorship; dingy leathers, to smart tops.
As strong, if less fustian, than Wolfe's is Halliburton's enthusiasm for Nature's wonders.
Originally made from an imported hard-wearing twill being made in Nimes (hence "denim", from de Nimes), the cloth was known as gene fustian, reflecting its origins in Genoa, where it was dyed in indigo to be worn by sailors.
If, in such times, the constitution is not a shield, the encomiums which statesmen and jurists have paid it are fustian. Though a dark period of American history, Americans can and must learn one lesson from the "Red Scare." American citizens must learn--as they did in the 1920s--how to protect their constitutional liberties in the face of external or internal threats, and how to stop trading away freedoms for illusory security.
As Michael Kimmage's introduction reveals, these essays began as radio broadcasts; the sense of reporting honestly to a defined audience gives the book a different air than a diary or a fustian tour d'horizon.
Stewart would describe such a charge as fustian: "I do nighttime humor.
To quote again that expert in seemingly everything, David Foster Wallace: "You don't, after all (despite withering cultural pressure), have to use a computer, but you can't escape language: Language is everything and everywhere; it's what lets us have anything to do with one another; it's what separates us from the animals; Genesis 11:7-10 and so on." Exploring this phenomenon in its many hues, Hitchings's and Adams's books probe language's essential contradictions: how it at once delights and provokes near-existential frustration, serving as a source of the greatest optimism and the most fustian pessimism.
Francis Smith, a servant hanged in Norfolk in 1731 for the murder of his mistress, died (unlike his penitent female accomplice) drunk and defiant, declaring that "My Mother always told me I should die in my Shoes, but I will make her a Lier; so threw them off." (105) At his 1747 execution, the highwayman Henry Simms ("Gentleman Harry"), "was cleanly dress'd in a White Fustian Frock, White Stockings, and White Drawers; and just as he got into the Cart at Newgate, threw off his Shoes;" William Hawke, another noted highwayman, also "kicked off his shoes with great violence." (106)
Four fustian cutters from the Owenian Co-operative Society took a house and plot of land, intending both to work the land and to follow their trade.