saturnalia

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(in Ancient Rome) A holiday to mark the winter solstice

Saturn was an ancient Italian deity. It was attempted to identify him with the Grecian god Cronos, and fabled that after his dethronement by Jupiter he fled to Italy, where he reigned during what was called the Golden Age. In memory of his beneficent dominion, the feast of Saturnalia was held every year in the winter season.

A period or occasion of general license, in which the passions or vices have riotous indulgence; a period of unrestrained revelry

It was a raw, violent, guzzling saturnalia that spilled obstreperously through the woods to the officers' club and spread up into the hills toward the hospital and the antiaircraft-gun emplacements.

A holiday to mark the winter solstice
a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
an occasion when people enjoy themselves in a very wild and uncontrolled way (saturnalis )
Hence: A period or occasion of general license, in which the passions or vices have riotous indulgence
{i} noisy and unconstrained merrymaking, wild revelry
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
an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
saturnalian
Wild and unrestrained, usually referring to a riotous party
saturnalian
Of unrestrained and intemperate jollity; riotously merry; dissolute
saturnalian
Of or pertaining to the Saturnalia
saturnalia

    Hyphenation

    Sat·ur·na·li·a

    Pronunciation

    Etymology

    [ "sa-t&r-'nAl-y&, -'nA- ] (noun plural but singular or pl.) 1591. From Latin Sāturnālia, a festival of the winter solstice

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