Pantagruelism

Definitions

  • Panurge Seeks the Advice of Pantagruel--3-08-240
    Panurge Seeks the Advice of Pantagruel--3-08-240
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pantagruelism An assumption of buffoonery to cover some serious purpose.
    • Pantagruelism The theory or practice of the medical profession; -- used in burlesque or ridicule.
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Physetere Was Slain by Pantagruel--4-35-472 Physetere Was Slain by Pantagruel--4-35-472
Pantagruel Arose to Scour the Thicket--4-36-474 Pantagruel Arose to Scour the Thicket--4-36-474

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pantagruelism 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.
    • n pantagruelism A satirical or opprobrious term applied to the profession of medicine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pantagruelism pan-ta-grōō′el-izm the theories and practice of Pantagruel as described by Rabelais (1483-1553)—burlesque ironical buffoonery as a cover for serious satire: empirical medical theory and practice
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Pantagruel, one of the characters of Rabelais

Usage

In literature:

Panurge prayed Pantagruel to give him some more; but Pantagruel told him that to give words was the part of a lover.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
And they come to a fantastic land of burlesque, such as Pantagruel's crew touched at many a time.
"Letters on Literature" by Andrew Lang
Then Pantagruel and his company stole aboard a barque that Panurge had ready in the harbour.
"Letters to Dead Authors" by Andrew Lang
But, darling, do you know the 'Pantagruel?
"The Red Lily, Complete" by Anatole France
I must refer you to the great chronicle of Pantagruel for the knowledge of that genealogy and antiquity of race by which Gargantua is come unto us.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
Ah, poor Pantagruel, thou hast lost thy good mother, thy sweet nurse, thy well-beloved lady!
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
How Pantagruel transported a colony of Utopians into Dipsody.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
Like his father, Pantagruel went to Paris to study.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
Pantagruel is no longer uneasy.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume IV. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
BRIDLEGOOSE, JUDGE, a judge in Rabelais' "Pantagruel," who decided cases by the throw of dice.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
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