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Syllabification: Rab·e·lai·sian
Pronunciation: /ˌrabəˈlāzēən
, ˌrabəˈlāZHən

Definition of Rabelaisian in English:


Displaying earthy humor; bawdy: the conversation was often highly Rabelaisian
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  • But his own description of life's eternal bounciness seems to me much more gaily Rabelaisian than is the novel as a whole.
  • The characters in this novel are representational, especially since they are given to us in larger-than-life Rabelaisian caricature.
  • Her appetites were as spirited as his and released an almost Rabelaisian exuberance in them both.


suggestive of the humor of François Rabelais.

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