bread and circusesbread and circuses
something, esp. something lavish, regarded as a mindless or vulgar diversion intended to keep the masses docile
Origin of bread and circusesClassical Latin panem et circenses (from Satires, x.80, of Juvenal), in allusion to domestic policy of the Roman Empire
bread and circuses
Offerings, such as benefits or entertainments, intended to placate discontent or distract attention from a policy or situation.
Origin of bread and circusesTranslation of Latin panem et circ&emacron;ns&emacron;s, a phrase coined by the Roman poet Juvenal : panem, accusative singular of panis, bread + et, and + circ&emacron;ns&emacron;s, circus games.
- Food and entertainment provided by the state.