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saturnalia


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Saturnalia  \Sat`ur*na"li*a\,  n.  pl  [L.  See  {Saturn}.] 
  1.  (Rom.  Antiq.)  The  festival  of  Saturn,  celebrated  in 
  December,  originally  during  one  day  but  afterward  during 
  seven  days,  as  a  period  of  unrestrained  license  and 
  merriment  for  all  classes,  extending  even  to  the  slaves. 
 
  2.  Hence:  A  period  or  occasion  of  general  license,  in  which 
  the  passions  or  vices  have  riotous  indulgence. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Saturnalia 
  n  1:  an  orgiastic  festival  in  ancient  Rome  in  honor  of  Saturn 
  [syn:  {Saturnalia}] 
  2:  a  wild  gathering  involving  excessive  drinking  and 
  promiscuity  [syn:  {orgy},  {debauch},  {debauchery},  {riot}, 
  {bacchanal},  {bacchanalia},  {drunken  revelry}] 




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