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[rab-uh-ley, rab-uh-ley; French ra-ble] /ˈræb əˌleɪ, ˌræb əˈleɪ; French raˈblɛ/
[frahn-swa] /frɑ̃ˈswa/ (Show IPA),
c1490–1553, French satirist and humorist. Unabridged
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  • It is there observed that Rabelais tells the same story of a farmer and the Devil.

  • A comment of Rabelais in his Pantagruel, adds to the general reproach.

    The Counts of Gruyre Mrs. Reginald de Koven
  • The glory and value of Rabelais, as in the case of all great men, all illustrious names, have long been vigorously disputed.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • The laugh is more delicate, but no less hearty than Rabelais's.

  • Rabelais, before its secularisation, was one of its canons, and Catherine de Medicis once possessed a chteau on its site.

    Paris and its Story Thomas Okey
  • Does not Rabelais contend that good wine is the best physic?'

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • In Rabelais we find the first appearance of realism, which bore rich fruit in later scientific education.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • Rabelais is not Rabelais, just as life is not life, without it.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • In spite of the indefinable grace of his obsolete language, one can hardly read twenty pages of Rabelais in succession.

British Dictionary definitions for Rabelais


/ˈræbəˌleɪ; French rablɛ/
François (frɑ̃swa). ?1494–1553, French writer. His written works, esp Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534), contain a lively mixture of earthy wit, common sense, and satire
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