a public spectacle or controversy marked by barbarism, vindictiveness, or scandal.
pleasure or advantage gained from the discomfort or suffering of others.
Origin of Roman holiday
First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for roman holiday
entertainment or pleasure that depends on the suffering of others
Word Origin for Roman holiday
C19: from Byron's poem Childe Harold (IV, 141)
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