bread and circuses


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bread and circuses

pl.n.
Offerings, such as benefits or entertainments, intended to placate discontent or distract attention from a policy or situation.

[Translation of Latin pānem et circēnsēs, a phrase coined by the Roman poet Juvenal : pānem, accusative singular of pānis, bread + et, and + circēnsēs, circus games.]

bread′ and cir′cuses


n.pl.
something offered so as to pacify discontent or divert attention from a grievance.
[translation of Latin pānis et circēnsēs; from a remark by Juvenal on the limited desires of the Roman populace]
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If that happens, then all this talk and activity, which engages the attention of our highly political culture, is just the Roman version of organized distraction: bread and circuses.
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The plutocrat rulers of Rome diverted the plebs' thoughts on their day-to-day misery and fears of forthcoming disasters by providing when it's so bread and circuses, a handy way to keep them in a state of bovine bliss and off the streets.
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