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fustian

a. a hard-wearing fabric of cotton mixed with flax or wool with a slight nap
b. (as modifier): a fustian jacket
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On his head he wore one of the common eighteenpenny French skull-caps, with a gaudy tassel dangling therefrom, very happily in keeping with a common fustian coat.
His children often had, and with his perfect acquiescence it had gone into the common purse to buy meat that he had eaten, and drink that he had drunk; but fustian splashed with white lime, bestowing halfpence on him, front to front, was new.
The line is worth a hundred pages of fustian. 'Ich wage die Gedanken in der Schale meines Zornes und die Werke mit dem Gewichte meines Grimms.' I like it!"
This amusement is superintended by the Friar, according to the recurrence of certain fustian words, to be repeated by every compotator in turn before he drank a species of High Jinks, as it were, by which they regulated their potations, as toasts were given in latter times.
For howsoever bad the devil can be in fustian or smock-frock (and he can be very bad in both), he is a more designing, callous, and intolerable devil when he sticks a pin in his shirt-front, calls himself a gentleman, backs a card or colour, plays a game or so of billiards, and knows a little about bills and promissory notes than in any other form he wears.
Foakes takes Marston's 'fustian' lines, which he wrote for the Children of St Paul's to perform, as intentionally and parodically melodramatic, especially when spouted from the lips of child actors:
The crowd then demanded that the "Clerk of the Council" make an answer ex tempore, which he delivered as a "Fustian Answer made to a Tufftaffata Speech." (25) Festival seasons at the Inns of Court included a hodgepodge of different cultural practices: pageantry, processions, mock trials, masques, dancing, shows of wit, and bacchanalian indulgence.
Christopher Morley Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Elgar Hall, University of Birmingham HHHHI Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture might be fustian, but it's exciting fustian, and deserves a performance as committed as the one it received in this all-Russian programme from the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.
Or was it only fustian? Was the language and behaviour of the Court wholly virtuous?
The troglodyte, deadly existence they'd lived in stinking, mudslicked trenches with only the smells of old gas shells and the concentrated fustian of awfulness, like a shroud about them gone, vanished into history.
of camblet and fustian, susy and cherryderry, calamanco and
Among their topics are dia-planar diffusion: reconstructing early Aramaic-Arabic language contact, the role of metaphor in the interpretation of prepositions: the Arabic minand the French de, teaching Arabic to the angels: a scherzo by al-Ma'arri in heavenly morphology, the Semitic origin of the English work fustian, and Jewish writing in Arabic in Arabic characters in the 19th and 20th centuries.