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filibuster

[ fil-uh-buhs-ter ]SEE DEFINITION OF filibuster

Synonyms for filibuster

  • procrastination
  • delay
  • hindrance
  • interference
  • opposition
  • postponement
  • stonewalling
  • holding the floor
  • talkathon
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Antonyms for filibuster

  • advance
  • aid
  • assistance
  • expedition
  • help
  • catalyst
  • impetus
  • incentive
  • progression
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FILIBUSTER

And now this other filibuster has bought you, and you belong to him.

Had he failed, he would have been stigmatized as a filibuster.

Had it eventuated in failure, its leader would have been pronounced a pirate and filibuster.

And are there still gobemouches in England who believe in the Filibuster?

It may come from a rival—from the buccaneer, the filibuster, or the cannibal.

To return to this filibuster, baron; he frequents the house of Blue Beard?

But the buccaneer, the filibuster—what would they say if you should die for the Caribbean?

You allude, I presume, to the buccaneer, the filibuster and the Caribbean?

The poor man no longer left the house, for fear of saluting a filibuster.

The career of the Filibuster is no longer open to private individuals.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, flibutor "pirate," probably ultimately from Dutch vrijbuiter "freebooter," a word which used of pirates in the West Indies in Spanish (filibustero) and French (flibustier) forms, either or both of which gave the word to American English (see freebooter).

Used 1850s and '60s of lawless adventurers from the U.S. who tried to overthrow Central American governments. The legislative sense is not in Bartlett (1859) and seems not to have been in use in U.S. legislative writing before 1865. Probably the extension in sense is because obstructionist legislators "pirated" debate or overthrew the usual order of authority. Not technically restricted to U.S. Senate, but that's where the strategy works best.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FILIBUSTER

delay

noundeferment, interruption
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