• (RP) IPA: /ˌsætəˈneɪli.ə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌsætɚˈneɪli.ə/, /ˌsætɚˈneɪljə/

saturnalia (plural saturnalias)

  1. A period or occasion of general license, in which the passions or vices have riotous indulgence; a period of unrestrained revelry.
    • 1906, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Chapter 26
      They lodged men and women on the same floor; and with the night there began a saturnalia of debauchery—scenes such as never before had been witnessed in America.
    • 1922, Rafael Sabatini, Captain Blood: His Odyssy, ch XXVIII
      Yet if he remained, it would simply mean that his own and Hagthorpe's crews would join in the saturnalia and increase the hideousness of events now inevitable.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: разгу́л

  • (RP) IPA: /ˌsætəˈneɪli.ə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌsætɚˈneɪli.ə/, /ˌsætɚˈneɪljə/
Proper noun
  1. An Ancient Roman holiday honoring the deity Saturn.
  • Italian: Saturnali
  • Russian: сатурна́лии

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