Roman holiday

Roman holiday

noun
1.
a public spectacle or controversy marked by barbarism, vindictiveness, or scandal.
2.
pleasure or advantage gained from the discomfort or suffering of others.

Origin:
1885–90

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Roman holiday
 
n
entertainment or pleasure that depends on the suffering of others
 
[C19: from Byron's poem Childe Harold (IV, 141)]

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