breadand circuses

bread and circuses pl.n.
Offerings, such as benefits or entertainments, intended to placate discontent or distract attention from a policy or situation.
  [Translation of Latin pānem et circēnsēs, a phrase coined by the Roman poet Juvenal : pānem, accusative singular of pānis, bread + et, and + circēnsēs, circus games.]

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Universalium. 2010.

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