Festival vs Retreat - What's the difference?

festival | retreat |

As nouns the difference between festival and retreat

is that festival is while retreat is the act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.

As a verb retreat is

to withdraw military forces.



(en adjective)
  • Pertaining to a feast or feast-day. (Now only as the noun used attributively.)
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.iii:
  • the temple of the Gods [...] / Whom all the people decke with girlands greene, / And honour in their festiuall resort [...].


    (en noun)
  • An event or community gathering, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community.
  • In mythology, a set of celebrations in the honour of a god.
  • retreat



    (en noun)
  • The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In a retreat he outruns any lackey.
  • The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
  • A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
  • * L'Estrange
  • He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no cost to make a delicious retreat .
  • * Dryden
  • That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat / From sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.
  • A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
  • A period of meditation, prayer or study.
  • Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.
  • A signal for a military withdrawal.
  • A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.
  • A military ceremony to lower the flag.
  • (chess) The move of a piece from a threatened position.
  • See also

    * religious retreat


    (en verb)
  • To withdraw military forces.
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