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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fil-uh-buhs-ter]
    • /ˈfɪl əˌbʌs tər/
    • /ˈfɪl.ɪ.bʌs.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fil-uh-buhs-ter]
    • /ˈfɪl əˌbʌs tər/

Definitions of filibuster word

  • noun filibuster U.S. Politics. the use of irregular or obstructive tactics by a member of a legislative assembly to prevent the adoption of a measure generally favored or to force a decision against the will of the majority. an exceptionally long speech, as one lasting for a day or days, or a series of such speeches to accomplish this purpose. a member of a legislature who makes such a speech. 1
  • noun filibuster an irregular military adventurer, especially one who engages in an unauthorized military expedition into a foreign country to foment or support a revolution. 1
  • verb without object filibuster U.S. Politics. to impede legislation by irregular or obstructive tactics, especially by making long speeches. 1
  • verb without object filibuster to act as an irregular military adventurer, especially for revolutionary purposes. 1
  • verb with object filibuster U.S. Politics. to impede (legislation) by irregular or obstructive tactics, especially by making long speeches. 1
  • noun filibuster An action such as a prolonged speech that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedures. 1

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Origin of filibuster

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; < Spanish filibustero < Middle French flibustier, variant of fribustier; see freebooter

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Parts of speech for Filibuster


filibuster popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for filibuster

noun filibuster

  • interference — an act, fact, or instance of interfering.
  • postponement — to put off to a later time; defer: He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.
  • delay — If you delay doing something, you do not do it immediately or at the planned or expected time, but you leave it until later.
  • opposition — the action of opposing, resisting, or combating.
  • hindrance — an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.

verb filibuster

  • remanded — to send back, remit, or consign again.
  • remand — to send back, remit, or consign again.
  • slow down — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.
  • stall — a pretext, as a ruse, trick, or the like, used to delay or deceive.
  • beat around the bush — to talk around a subject without getting to the point

Antonyms for filibuster

noun filibuster

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assistance — If you give someone assistance, you help them do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • catalyst — You can describe a person or thing that causes a change or event to happen as a catalyst.
  • impetus — a moving force; impulse; stimulus: The grant for building the opera house gave impetus to the city's cultural life.
  • incentive — something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.

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