panem et circenses

Latin quotation from Juvenal
pa·​nem et cir·​cen·​ses | \ ˈpä-ˌnem-et-kir-ˈkān-ˌsās How to pronounce panem et circenses (audio) \

Definition of panem et circenses

: bread and circuses : sustenance and entertainment provided by government to appease public discontent

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“Panem et circenses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/panem%20et%20circenses. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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