black sanctus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From black + sanctus

Noun[edit]

black sanctus (plural black sanctuses)

  1. parody of a song
    • 1533. (R. Saltwood) As plesaunt to the ere as the blacke sanctus Of a sad sorte vpon a mery pyn.
    • 1578 (T. Lupton) I will make him sing the blacke sanctus, I holde him a grote.
    • 1997 (D.M. Bevington) Black Sanctus, a parodic hymn to Satan in ridicule of the monks. The term was sometimes used of any discord of harsh sounds or profane ditty such as might be used to serenade a faithless wife.
  2. the sounds of dialogue consisting of complaints and expressions of contempt, especially said of a spouse
    • 1861. (All Year Around) The surly sinners sing A horrible black santis, so to cheer The work in hand.
    • 1997 (D.M. Bevington) Black Sanctus, a parodic hymn to Satan in ridicule of the monks. The term was sometimes used of any discord of harsh sounds or profane ditty such as might be used to serenade a faithless wife.
    • 2003. (M. Morton, "Lover's Tongue") The clanging of pots that accompanied this parade of infidelity was known as rough music or the black sanctus.
  3. A sudden tangential outburst of obscenities
    • 1892 (The Stanford dictionary of anglicised words and phrases) The phr. black sanctus (sanlus, santos, santis, Sanctis) means an uproarious torrent of profanity

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