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fescennine

[fes-uh-nahyn, -nin] /ˈfɛs əˌnaɪn, -nɪn/
adjective
1.
scurrilous; licentious; obscene:
fescennine mockery.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin Fescennīnus of, belonging to Fescennia, a town in Etruria noted for jesting and scurrilous verse; see -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for fescennine

Fescennine

/ˈfɛsɪˌnaɪn/
adjective
1.
(rare) scurrilous or obscene
Word Origin
C17: from Latin Fescennīnus of Fescennia, a city in Etruria noted for the production of mocking or obscene verse
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Word Origin and History for fescennine

Fescennine

adj.

"vulgar, obscene, scurrilous," from Latin 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 literature not derived from the Greeks, and altogether peculiar to Italy. These Fescennine Songs were rude dialogues, in which the country people assailed and ridiculed one another in extempore verses, and which were introduced as an amusement in various festivals. [William Smith, "A Smaller History of Rome," London, 1870]

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