Feast of fools

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Feast of fools medieval festivals, held between Christmas and Epiphany, in which a burlesque bishop was enthroned in church, and a burlesque mass said by his orders, and an ass driven round in triumph
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. feste (Fr. fête)—L. festum, a holiday, festus, solemn, festal.

Usage

In literature:

He believed that he must have fallen in with a feast of fools.
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" by Vicente Blasco Ibanez
And the new spirit repaired even to church to take part in the novel offices of the Feast of Fools.
"Imaginary Portraits" by Walter Pater
That is not what was told me; I was promised a feast of fools, with the election of a pope.
"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo
Quirinalia, the Feast of Fools.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
The fool was alarmed at this brilliant feast, resounding music, and the mad merriment of the king.
"Henry VIII And His Court" by Louise Muhlbach
And the new spirit repaired even to church to take part in the novel offices of the Feast of Fools.
"Imaginary Portraits" by Walter Horatio Pater
He was prime mover in the May games, and the feast of fools.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Of older standing than the Feast of Fools were the Christmas revels of the deacons, the priests, and the choir-boys.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Fools, feast of, 452.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
For the origin of the curious authority of the boy-bishop and of the rites over which he presided, see FOOLS, FEAST OF.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
The Feast of Fools was one of the most singular of these exhibitions.
"The Evolution of Fashion" by Florence Mary Gardiner
We have books on the feast of the ass, and the feast of fools; they furnish material towards a universal history of the human mind.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
At Sens the Feast of the Ass was associated with the Feast of Fools, celebrated at Vespers on the Feast of Circumcision.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
The Feast of Fools was a kind of religious farce, a "mystery" run riot.
"The Grotesque in Church Art" by T. Tindall Wildridge
The wanton mirth and crackling laughter of fools in the house of feasting are not for him.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Ecclesiastes" by Samuel Cox
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In news:

Ticket reservation forms available for Madrigal 's 'A Feast of Fools.
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