American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Rabelais or his works.
- adj. Characterized by coarse humor or bold caricature.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to François Rabelais (about 1490–1553), a French priest, author of “Gargantua and Pantagruel”; resembling or suggestive of Rabelais and the characteristics of his thought and style. Compare Pantagruelism.
- adj. Pertaining to the works of Rabelais. Specifically, it means a style of satirical humour characterized by exaggerated characters and coarse jokes.
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Francois Rabelais or his works
- Calque of French rabelaisien. (Wiktionary)
“She was a dedicated, highly trained practitioner, but she seemed to view the incident at West Dorm -- at least in some aspects -- as a kind of Rabelaisian joke.”
“Lucas le Moigne represents the _esprit gaulois_, the spirit that is often called "Rabelaisian," though it is only one side of the genius of”
“Charlotte Gainsbourg may be European pop royalty—the daughter of the Rabelaisian 1960s icon Serge Gainsbourg and actress-singer Jane Birkin—but she has a stealthy, no-fuss grace about her.”
“In it two Rabelaisian characters happen upon a strange island haunted by the sounds of a battle that is clearly not taking place.”
“The internet is a global lavatory wall, a Rabelaisian mixture of truth, lies, insanity and humour.”
“Mr. Rylance plays Johnny "Rooster" Byron, a booze-sodden drug dealer and teller of tall tales who would be known in England as "Falstaffian" or "Rabelaisian" and in America as "trailer trash.”
“He was a joy to be around: kind, erudite, Rabelaisian.”
“Not only has he lived the life – his 20s were, by his own account, a decade devoted to disastrous financial punts and druggy self-destruction in his family's Mexican mansion – but he has the Rabelaisian prose style to match.”
“In the dark sewer of misanthropic, gynophobic, and Rabelaisian epithets running through the comments section of celebrity blogs, one can also find gems of authentic emotional connection to celebrity foibles from readers who have suffered tragedies of their own, or been drunk, high, or on pills and up way past their normal bedtimes.”
“An uncle who is proudly Rabelaisian (and more romantic than I am) -- willing to literally bare all to anyone willing to look and listen.”
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