Reference has already been made to Dr. Frazer's view of the saturnalian king and his awful origin.
The saturnalian spirit has not been extinct even in our days.
Napoleon was scrupulously respected through the whole of this saturnalian festivity.
On holidays and fair-days these saturnalian proceedings grew more outrageous than ever.
At the vestibule door a porter, somewhat befuddled by saturnalian merry-making, was waiting sleepily.
However, this saturnalian court has done our business; and a glorious batch of claret we had afterwards at Walker's.
It was found necessary to suggest that originally the saturnalian victim died in February-March, but this was not proved.
A fortune, rapid and secure, darted before du Tillet's eyes like a flash of lightning in a saturnalian night.
The solitary example of a saturnalian victim in Msia did not fulfil these conditions.
In a word, it deserves to be regarded as an effusion of saturnalian licentiousness, rather than of poetry.
time of merrymaking, 1590s, from Latin Saturnalia, ancient Roman festivals of Saturn (held in December), a time of merrymaking for all, from neuter plural of adjective Saturnalis "pertaining to Saturn," from Saturnus (see Saturn). They correspond to the Greek Kronia. The extended sense of "period of unrestrained revelry" is first attested 1782. Related: Saturnalian.