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Debauchery

Debt (See BANKRUPTCY, POVERTY.)
Alexander VI
Borgia pope infamous for licentiousness and debauchery. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 219–220]
Bacchus
(Gk. Dionysus) god of wine; honored by Bacchanalias. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 83]
Behan, Brendan
(1923–1964) uninhibited Irish playwright who lived wildly. [Irish Lit.: NCE, 261]
Bowery
Manhattan district, once notorious for brothels and gambling halls. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 97]
Hell-fire Club
18th-century British clique devoted to debauchery. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 411]
Nero
(A.D. 37–68) hated as Roman emperor; led life of debauchery. [Rom. Hist.: NCE, 1909]
Pandarus
a “honey-sweet lord”; go-between for lovers. [Br. Lit.: Troilus and Cressida]
Pornocracy
period of unparalleled papal decadence (early 10th century). [Christian Hist.: Grun, 106]
Rasputin
(1871–1916) debauchee who preached and practised doctrine mixing religious fervor with sexual indulgence. [Russ. Hist.: NCE, 1770]
Saturnalia
licentious December 17th feast honoring Saturn. [Rom. Myth.: Espy, 19]
Satyricon
tales of vice and luxury in imperial Rome. [Rom. Lit.: Satyricon]
Sergius III
instituted the Pornocracy. [Christian Hist.: Grun, 106]
Sodom and Gomorrah
ancient cities destroyed by God because of their wickedness. [O.T.: Genesis 19:1–29]
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