Roman holiday


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Roman holiday

n.
1. Enjoyment or satisfaction derived from observing the suffering of others.
2. A violent public spectacle or disturbance in which shame, degradation, or physical harm is intentionally inflicted on one person or group by another.

[From the bloody gladiatorial contests staged as entertainment for the ancient Romans.]

Roman holiday

n
entertainment or pleasure that depends on the suffering of others
[C19: from Byron's poem Childe Harold (IV, 141)]

Ro′man hol′iday


n.
1. a riotous public disturbance, often marked by wanton destruction and licentiousness.
2. pleasure or entertainment obtained from the discomfort or suffering of others.
[1885–90]

Roman holiday

- Enjoyment or profit derived from others' discomfort or suffering, based on the gladiator matches enjoyed by ancient Romans.
See also related terms for profit.
Translations

Roman holiday

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References in classic literature ?
For I have written about the Coliseum, and the gladiators, the martyrs, and the lions, and yet have never once used the phrase "butchered to make a Roman holiday.
Butchered to make a Roman holiday sounds well for the first seventeen or eighteen hundred thousand times one sees it in print, but after that it begins to grow tiresome.
Here they got down to work, and we were soon convinced that if we were not to die to make a Roman holiday, we were to die for some other purpose.
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Roz's Roman holiday with boyfriend Zach Desmond comes weeks after trips to New York and Greece.
Audrey circa 1955 After meeting at a cocktail party hosted by Audrey's Roman Holiday co-star Gregory Peck, the pair married in 1954 and moved into the house in 1960, the same year their son Sean was born.
Hepburn was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award all for performing the leading role in the 1953 film Roman Holiday.
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