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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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The constitution hullabaloo goes against the grain, a fescennine mockery of justice.
17) Julius Caesar Scaliger makes this continuum between marriage and rape clear in his repeated references to the rape of the Sabines as the origin of Roman marriage and his claim that the "name and style" of Fescennine verses, which he treats as a synonym for epithalamia, "come from the town of Fescennium in Campania or, as others Prefer, in the Sabine region" ("On the Epithalamion," Book 2, Chapter 101 of the Poetics, ed.
He comes downtown to the Village only to discover that the kinds of sexual immersions he has sought might better be appreciated in the fescennine novels of Rabelais, which he has left on his shelves uptown.