from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the principles and beliefs of or similar to those of the Fabian Society, advocating socialism to be established by gradual reforms within the law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The socialism advocated by the Fabian Society (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. socialism to be established by gradual reforms within the law
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It gives a lot of helpful definitions of the "isms" your children will need to know, from communism to fabianism to feminism and many more.
These people, combined with others of the Victorian era in other movements called socialism, liberalism, fabianism, materialism, existentialism, and more, sought to replace the family and the Biblical mandates to do good to others, with a state that people would look to as authority.
True, more serious loss was often averted by the facility with which the Captain turned from one scheme to another, happily forgetful of orders he had given and which were never carried out; and by the invincible fabianism of the Highland farmer, who, listening with gravest attention to the Captain's orders delivered in the most definite and impressive terms, would make reply, "Yess, yess indeed, I know; she will be attending to it immediately -- tomorrow, or fery soon whateffer."