Word of The Day for Monday, December 6, 2010


fesc•e•nnine (FES-uh-nyn)  adj

licentious, obscene, scurrilous

1601; Latin fescennini (versus), ribald songs sung at rustic weddings, from Fescinninus of Fescennium, a town of ancient Etruria known for its licentious poetry

Synonyms: bawdy, coarse, crude, dirty, foul, indecent, lascivious, lewd, profane, raunchy, ribald, smutty, vulgar, wanton, licentious, obscene, scurrilous

Sentence Examples:
• Chance and jollity first found out those verses which they called Saturnian and Fescennine; or rather human nature, which is inclined to poetry, first produced them rude and barbarous and unpolished, as all other operations of the soul are in their beginnings before they are cultivated with art and study. -Discourses on Satire and Epic Poetry, John Dryden
• In him it was allied to a mordant humour, a certain fescennine abstraction which sometimes offends: this, however, does not excuse the use of the word "eccentric," more misapplied than any word in the English language, except perhaps "grotesque" and "picturesque." All great art is eccentric to the conservative multitude. -Aubrey Beardsley, Robert Ross
• Moore finely says of the same conversation,that it must have been like the procession of a Roman triumph, exhibiting power and riches at every step, occasionally mingling the low Fescennine jest with the lofty music of the march, but glittering all over with the spoils of a ransacked world. -Talks on Talking, Grenville Kleiser

The Storyline
The contempt and mistreatment he had experienced since his katabasis into the underside of society had built an ongoing narrative in his, alternately supernal and fescinnine, that he could no longer turn off.

Sources: Merriam-Webster

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