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Sep 21, 2007
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Fabric words used metaphorically

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fustian

(FUS-chuhn) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

adjective: Bombastic: marked by pretentiousness or pomposity.

noun: 1. Pretentious speech or writing.
2. A coarse, sturdy cloth, blend of cotton and linen, usually having twill weave.

From Old French fustaigne, from Latin fustanum, from fustis (tree trunk, stick), or from El Fostat (a suburb of Cairo, Egypt, where it was first made).

"Despite its fustian moments and overuse of exclamation points, I find Modern Love greatly moving."
Michael Dirda; Scenes from a Marriage; The Washington Post; Oct 5, 2003.

See more usage examples of fustian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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