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  • The word “trumpish” is used in Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot.” What did it mean in the 1800’s before our infamous president?

  • Thanks for your question, Robin. The word you mention must presumably have been used in a translation of Dostoevsky rather than the original, but I’m sorry to say that the word is not found in our huge corpus of modern English and I can find no mention of it in dictionaries up to and including the Oxford English Dictionary. There are similar words such as ‘trumpery’, meaning (something that is) of no value, worthless; and of course ‘trump’ itself, which has several verb and noun meanings. But of ‘trumpish’ there is no sign.