Rabelaisian ADJECTIVE of or like the French satirist François Rabelais (c.1494 1553) or his writings, especially in being characterized by exuberant imagination and earthy humour.

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  • Rabelaisian —    Rabelaisian refers to a style of writing that is licentious and coarse, but also humorous and satirical. It was derived from French author Frangois Rabelais (1490 1553).    Rabelais was a man who had a seemingly insatiable appetite for all the …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Rabelaisian — (adj.) 1817, from François Rabelais (c.1490 1553), whose writings are distinguished by exuberance of imagination and language combined with extravagance and coarseness of humor and satire. [OED] …   Etymology dictionary

  • Rabelaisian — [rab΄ə lā′zhən, rab΄ə lāzē ən] adj. of or like Rabelais or his works; broadly and coarsely humorous, satirical, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Rabelaisian — adjective Date: 1817 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Rabelais or his works 2. marked by gross robust humor, extravagance of caricature, or bold naturalism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Rabelaisian — /rab euh lay zee euhn, zheuhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or suggesting François Rabelais, whose work is characterized by broad, coarse humor and keen satire. n. 2. a person who admires or studies the works of Rabelais. [1855 60; RABELAIS + IAN] …   Universalium

  • Rabelaisian — adjective Pertaining to the works of . Specifically, it means a style of satirical humour characterized by exaggerated characters and coarse jokes …   Wiktionary

  • Rabelaisian — Synonyms and related words: Fescennine, abusive, bawdy, blasphemous, blue, calumniatory, calumnious, caustic, comminatory, contumelious, cursing, cynical, damnatory, denunciatory, dirty, dry, dysphemistic, epithetic, excommunicative,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • rabelaisian — Rab·e·lai·si·an || ‚ræbÉ™ leɪzɪən adj. pertaining to Francois Rabelais or his work (French writer) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Rabelaisian — [ˌrabə leɪzɪən] adjective of or like the French satirist François Rabelais (c.1494–1553) or his writings; marked by exuberant imagination and earthy humour …   English new terms dictionary

  • rabelaisian — rab·e·lai·si·an …   English syllables