secular games

secular games
noun
the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation); observances may have begun as early as the 5th century BC and lasted well into the Christian era
Syn: ↑Ludi Saeculares
Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form
Hypernyms: ↑celebration, ↑festivity

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noun plural
Etymology: translation of Latin ludi saeculares
: games honoring the gods of ancient Rome, lasting for three days and nights, and celebrated at long irregular intervals with sacrifices, theatrical shows, feasting, and singing of hymns composed for or appropriate to the occasion

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secular games plural noun (Roman hist)
Games held at long intervals
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Main Entry:secular

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  • Secular games — Secular Sec u*lar, a. [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis, fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world; perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. s[ e]culier.] 1. Coming or observed once in an age or a century. [1913 Webster] The secular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Secular Games — The Secular Games (Latin Ludi Saeculares, originally Ludi Terentini) were a religious celebration, involving sacrifices and theatrical performances, held in ancient Rome for three days and nights to mark the end of a saeculum and the beginning of …   Wikipedia

  • Secular Games — (Latin; Ludi saeculares) Celebrations held in ancient Rome at the beginning of a new saeculum, or generation. Similar games were originally held by the Etruscans as offerings to the underworld gods. The Romans initially worshiped the underworld… …   Universalium

  • Secular — Sec u*lar, a. [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis, fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world; perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. s[ e]culier.] 1. Coming or observed once in an age or a century. [1913 Webster] The secular year was… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Secular hymn — Secular Sec u*lar, a. [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis, fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world; perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. s[ e]culier.] 1. Coming or observed once in an age or a century. [1913 Webster] The secular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Secular music — Secular Sec u*lar, a. [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis, fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world; perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. s[ e]culier.] 1. Coming or observed once in an age or a century. [1913 Webster] The secular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Secular poem — Secular Sec u*lar, a. [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis, fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world; perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. s[ e]culier.] 1. Coming or observed once in an age or a century. [1913 Webster] The secular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Games — were an important celebratory element in the religious life of ancient Greece. The modern Olympic Games take their name from the Ancient Olympic Games; the modern Olympics are divided between the Summer Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games …   Wikipedia

  • secular hymn — noun A hymn for the secular games • • • Main Entry: ↑secular …   Useful english dictionary

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