Definition of Roman holiday in English:

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Roman holiday


An occasion on which enjoyment or profit is derived from others' suffering or discomfort.
Example sentences
  • He could well have blamed the Americans for what had befallen him - but today, he was not ready for a Roman holiday.
  • Still less welcome is he who would make a Roman holiday of our misfortunes.


Early 19th century: from Byron's Childe Harold, originally with reference to a holiday given for a gladiatorial combat.

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