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Synonyms for circus

a travelling company of entertainers

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a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals

a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment


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(antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games

an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent

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Unfortunately, some circuses are not rising to the challenge.
There's unpleasant publicity from groups such as PETA, who picket circuses nationwide for using animal acts.
The 41 circuses throughout Russia are now administered by the Russian State Circus Company, Rosgoscirk, which was set up last year.
JEDDAH: Jeddah has now witnessed two international circuses with the Italian Belucci Circus witnessing more than 18,000 visitors of different nationalities in past 10 days starting July 18 with the beginning of the 36th Jeddah festival.
Circus Mondao is one of just two travelling circuses in Britain still using wild animals in its shows.
Nothing against circuses as per se, but everything against the involvement of animals as a form of entertainment.
American and Canadian circuses with animals - and they do exist - don't like Cirque du Soleil.
There are many kinds of circuses out there, she noted.
By the 1920s Shrine Circuses were being conducted throughout the country, and each year additional Shrine Centers introduced circuses to their communities, creating a network as rich with culture and history as anything with the names of Ringling, Barnum or Bailey attached.
Norman entered the ring in 1948 and, while some circuses still employ animal acts, Zippos only has domestic animals - horses, ponies and budgies.
Circuses remain a popular form of entertainment in Europe, where some shows have been traveling for over 100 years and have, for the most part, remained small one-ring productions.
Hyderabad, Dec 11 (ANI): Ever since the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests banned animals being tamed to perform in circuses except elephants and dogs, these entertaining ventures under the 'Big Top' are starved of public patronage.
You shouldn't let two circuses perform in the same place within six months of each other, let alone a week.
But generaly in circuses the whip is in the form of a stick used to direct the animal the way they do in India.