- Entertainment or political policies used to keep the mass of people happy and docile: with football and politics as the bread and circuses of our decadent empire, whither religion?[translating Latin panem et circenses (Juvenal's Satires, x.80)]More example sentences
- It also feeds nationalist hunger among the populace, making them proud of the achievements of their country even while they realize that they live under an authoritarian and corrupt government - bread and circuses for the masses.
- And this kind of mass entertainment destroyed the morality of the Roman people, who no longer worked for a living; they lived on bread and circuses, on entertainment and the dole.
- Outside its locked doors, amid atmospheric squalor, the huddling masses distract themselves with bread and circuses, while one man agitates for revolution.
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