sat·ur·na·lia | \ ˌsa-tər-ˈnāl-yə , -ˈnā-lē-ə \

Definition of saturnalia 

1 capitalized : the festival of Saturn in ancient Rome beginning on December 17

2 singular, plural saturnalias also saturnalia

a : an unrestrained often licentious celebration : orgy

b : excess, extravagance

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saturnalian \ˌsa-tər-ˈnāl-yən, -ˈnā-lē-ən \ adjective
saturnalianly adverb

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This special-interest saturnalia is exactly what Trump promised to eliminate. Matthew Cooper, Newsweek, "What is Trump’s Tax Reform? Everything To Know About The Plan For America’s Rich," 14 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of saturnalia

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for saturnalia

Latin, from neuter plural of saturnalis of Saturn, from Saturnus

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