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Meaning of SATURNALIA

Pronunciation:  `satu'neyleeu, `satur'neyleeu

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  2. [n]  an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
 

SATURNALIA is a 10 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, orgy, riot
 
 See Also: festival, fete, revel, revelry

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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.

 

 

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