Rabelaisian

Rabelaisian

[rab-uh-ley-zee-uhn, -zhuhn]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or suggesting François Rabelais, whose work is characterized by broad, coarse humor and keen satire.
noun
2.
a person who admires or studies the works of Rabelais.

Origin:
1855–60; Rabelais + -ian

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Rabelaisian (ˌræbəˈleɪzɪən, -ʒən)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or resembling the work of Rabelais, esp by broad, often bawdy humour and sharp satire
 
n
2.  a student or admirer of Rabelais
 
Rabe'laisianism
 
n

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Rabelaisian
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]
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