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fastuous (FAS-choo-uhs) adjective

1. Haughty; arrogant.

2. Pretentious.

[From Latin fastuosus, from fastus (arrogance).]

"(John) Ray analysed the distinctive characteristics of the Italians: They are ingenious, apprehensive of anything, and quick witted ... a still quiet people, as being naturally melancholy; of a middle temper, between the fastuous gravity of the Spaniard, and unquiet levity of the French ..." Robert Illiffe, Foreign Bodies, Canadian Journal of History (Saskatoon), Dec 1998.

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