Well, actually, that's not quite fight: "fuliginous
" means "colored by or as if by soot," and few, if any, of the company's employees are likely to be more or less sooty than the average person.
With their purple centers, these winding red forms have all the fuliginous
energy of a Nolde, despite their smooth surfaces.
Pite is kind enough to gloss Peacock's 'fuliginous
' (Coleridge, 10), Hazlitt's 'vibratiuncles' (45), and Carlyle's 'hebetude and cecity' (286), but not Thomas Brown's 'obnubilated' (22).
when he uses the word "fuliginous
" in The American Spectator to describe the country's largest minority.