Definitions for: Saturnalia


[n] a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
[n] an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, orgy, riot

See Also: festival, fete, revel, revelry

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