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 (fĕs′ə-nīn′, -nēn′)
Licentious; obscene.

[Latin Fescennīnus, of Fescennia, a town of ancient Etruria known for its licentious poetry.]


rare scurrilous or obscene
[C17: from Latin Fescennīnus of Fescennia, a city in Etruria noted for the production of mocking or obscene verse]


(ˈfɛs əˌnaɪn, -nɪn)

scurrilous; licentious; obscene: fescennine humor.
[1595–1605; < Latin Fescennīnus of, belonging to Fescennia, a town in Etruria noted for jesting and scurrilous verse]
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Offensive to accepted standards of decency:
Slang: raunchy.
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Highly formal and often quite formulaic--George Puttenham's Art of English Poesie (1689) and Julius Caesar Scaliger's Poetices libri septem (1561) provided guidelines for conventional composition--epithalamia usually praise the beauty and character of bride and bridegroom, talk about t heir families, and celebrate unity, stability, and harmony, sometimes incorporating traditional fescennine verses designed to ward off evil by poking fun at it, and invariably ending with blessings and benedictions.
Fescennine verses included in marriage poetry are often bawdy and always represent an awareness of the potential dangers in marriage, sometimes sexual, sometimes political, sometimes simply any kind of threat to peace and security.
54 BC) that Fescennine verses were very free, even obscene, in language.