fescennine


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fes·cen·nine

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

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

Fescennine

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

fes•cen•nine

(ˈfɛs əˌnaɪn, -nɪn)

adj.
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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Fescennine

adjective
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.
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.