from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The philosophy or methods ascribed to Pantagruel, one of the characters of Rabelais; the practice of dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humour.
  • noun A satirical or opprobrious term applied to the profession of medicine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The theory or practice of the medical profession; -- used in burlesque or ridicule.
  • noun rare An assumption of buffoonery to cover some serious purpose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun comedy that has an underlying serious purpose; a form of satire


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  • 1) a semi-serious philosophy of laughter

    2) a cynical humor

    May 12, 2008