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]