fescennine
adjective Etymology: Latin fescennini (versus), ribald songs sung at rustic weddings, probably from Fescinninus of Fescennium, from Fescennium, town in Etruria Date: 1601 scurrilous, obscene

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  • Fescennine — vulgar, obscene, scurrilous, from L. Fescenninus (versus), a rude form of dramatic or satiric verse, from Fescennia, city in Etruria, noted for such productions. The Fescennine Songs were the origin of the Satire, the only important species of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Fescennine — Fes cen*nine, a. [L. Fescenninus, fr. Fescennia, a city of Etruria.] Pertaining to, or resembling, the Fescennines. n. A style of low, scurrilous, obscene poetry originating in fescennia. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fescennine — index salacious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Fescennine — [fes′ə nīn΄, fes′ənin] adj. [L Fescenninus, after Fescennia, city in Etruria noted for scurrilous verse] [often f ] vulgar; obscene; scurrilous …   English World dictionary

  • fescennine — ˈfesənˌīn, ˌēn adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Latin fescenninus, probably from Fescenninus of Fescennium, from Fescennium, ancient town in Etruria, Italy, famous for such songs and verses + Latin inus ine 1. : sung or read at a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fescennine — adjective a) Of or pertaining to the ancient Etruscan town of Fescennia At this hour the seat was as in a theatre, but the words of the actors were of a nature somewhat too Fescennine for the public. b) obscene or scurrilous And when Freudian… …   Wiktionary

  • fescennine — ● fescennin, fescennine adjectif (latin fescenninus, de Fescennia, nom propre) Vers fescennins, chants fescennins, vers, poèmes satiriques latins. (Initialement déclamés lors des moissons ou des vendanges, ils avaient une tradition d obscénité… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fescennine — /fes euh nuyn , nin/, adj. scurrilous; licentious; obscene: fescennine mockery. [1595 1605; < L Fescenninus of, belonging to Fescennia, a town in Etruria noted for jesting and scurrilous verse; see INE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • fescennine — adjective /ˈfɛsənʌɪn/ Obscene or scurrilous. As the poet decorously shows his desire to consummate the marriage, he retains the fescennine element without being crude …   Wiktionary

  • fescennine — fes•cen•nine [[t]ˈfɛs əˌnaɪn, nɪn[/t]] adj. scurrilous; licentious; obscene: fescennine humor[/ex] • Etymology: 1595–1605; < L Fescennīnus of, belonging to Fescennia, a town in Etruria noted for jesting and scurrilous verse …   From formal English to slang

  • Fescennine — /ˈfɛsənin/ (say fesuhneen), / naɪn/ (say nuyn) adjective scurrilous; licentious; obscene: Fescennine verse. {Latin Fescennīnus relating to Fescennia in Etruria, an ancient country in western Italy} …   Australian English dictionary

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