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bread and circuses

Things given or presented in an attempt to please (or at least distract) disgruntled people. The phrase comes from the Roman poet Juvenal. I really think this event is just bread and circuses to get us to stop protesting.
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bread and circuses

People use bread and circuses to talk about a situation in which a government provides people with things which seem to make their lives more enjoyable in order to stop them complaining about important problems. He limited political dissent through a policy of bread and circuses backed up by a fearsome secret police. Our children and grandchildren will curse us for squandering their prosperity in exchange for today's bread and circuses. Note: This is a translation of a phrase in a satire by the Roman poet Juvenal. It refers to the fact that, in ancient Rome, the authorities provided the people with public amusements and food in order to prevent possible rebellion.
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bread and circuses

material benefits and entertainment employed by rulers or political parties to keep the masses happy and docile.
Bread and circuses is a translation of the Latin phrase panem et circenses , which appeared in Juvenal's Satires, and which alludes to the Roman emperors' organization of grain handouts and gladiatorial games for the populace.
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Yep, bread and circuses, the Roman emperors' answer to the plight of the plebs.
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I especially like the roster of foreign words/phrases often seen in English texts but not yet anointed by all lexical hunter-gatherers: These include the Chinook-jargon motto of Washington, al-ki, for by and by, and the spooky Latin panem et circenses, for bread and circuses, i.
Bread and circuses are needed to keep the people engrossed.
The state, as it has done since the days of ancient Rome, provides a cornucopia of bread and circuses.
And as with most witch-hunts, the constant Sturm und Drang of media hoopla functions as a contemporary incarnation of ancient Rome's bread and circuses, concealing far more important issues like crime, foreign policy, a failing Social Security system.
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