Roman holiday


noun

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for roman holiday

Roman holiday

noun

entertainment or pleasure that depends on the suffering of others

Word Origin for Roman holiday

C19: from Byron's poem Childe Harold (IV, 141)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012