Saturnalian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Saturnalian Of or pertaining to the Saturnalia.
    • Saturnalian Of unrestrained and intemperate jollity; riotously merry; dissolute. "Saturnalian amusement."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • saturnalian Pertaining to the festivals celebrated in honor of Saturn.
    • saturnalian Of the character of the Saturnalia of ancient Rome; hence, characterized by unrestrained license and reveling; licentious; loose; dissolute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Saturnalian pertaining to the Saturnalia: riotously merry: dissolute
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Saturnusserĕre, satum, to sow.

Usage

In literature:

You, yourself, have heard the horns and dodged the capers of the Saturnalians.
"Strictly Business" by O. Henry
Napoleon was scrupulously respected through the whole of this Saturnalian festivity.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
To divert a hungry populace, now six months besieged, Bessas was offering entertainments such as suited the Saturnalian season.
"Veranilda" by George Gissing
Life had no Saturnalian holidays left for her.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Then all her saturnalian army is scattered.
"A Mere Accident" by George Moore
HOOLEE, in India, the name of a saturnalian festival in honour of KRISHNA (q. v.).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The Saturnalian spirit has not been extinct even in our days.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Saturnalian holiday, iii 78.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
At the vestibule door a porter, somewhat befuddled by Saturnalian merry-making, was waiting sleepily.
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
Reference has already been made to Dr. Frazer's view of the Saturnalian king and his awful origin.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Last night at 8 P. M. we crossed the line: to-day, accordingly, our Saturnalian festival took place.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
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