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A person of great size or stature and of voracious physical or intellectual appetites.

[After the giant hero of Gargantua and Pantagruel, by François Rabelais.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a gigantic king noted for his great capacity for food and drink, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)


(gɑrˈgæn tʃu ə)

a giant king noted for his enormous capacity for food and drink in Rabelais' Gargantua (1534).
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Noun1.Gargantua - a voracious giant in Francois Rabelais' book of the same name
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of meat; and one must have the stomach of a Gargantua to demolish some dozens of them.
The two extremities of this gigantic parallelogram were occupied, the one by the famous marble table, so long, so broad, and so thick that, as the ancient land rolls--in a style that would have given Gargantua an appetite--say, "such a slice of marble as was never beheld in the world"; the other by the chapel where Louis XI.
Capitalizing on the popularity of a contemporary chap - book about a marvelous giant called Gargantua, Rabelais introduced Pantagruel, the son of Gargantua and Badebec, in Les Horribles et Espovantables Faictz et prouesses du tres renomme Pantagruel, Roy des Dipsodes, fils du grand geant Gargantua (1532), which later came to be known as Book II of Rabelais's five - part satire.
Borrowing from Homer's account of Odysseus's journey to the underworld in Odyssey 11, Dionysus's crossing of the Styx in Aristophanes' Frogs, and the lost Nekuja of Menippus, Lucian wrote thirty short Dialogues of the Dead, his Menipp us, and The Downward Journey The debt of Renaissance writers to these dialogues is extensive and includes Alberti's The Deceased, Matteo Vegio's Palinurus, and the most celebrated Renaissance Lucianic imitation, Rabelais's Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel, in which Homeric heroes are reduced to rustic laborers.
Lo que intento poner en relieve es que el Carnaval constituye el rito de la gran comida totemica, en que los gigantes Gargantua y Pantagruel simbolizan el acto de consumir carne hasta el delirio.
Gr, " all - doer " ) In Rabelais ' s Gargantua and Pantagruel, the high - spirited rogue who becomes Pantagruel's companion.
This new edition of Gargantua has several novel and important features.
In Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel, Pantagruel goes to the kingdom of Utopia.
Prudence is illuminated by Heptameron 5, Gargantua and the Tiers livre, and Essais 3.
The next four chapters deal with his four main narrative works chronologically, bringing out distinctive features of each: jocularity and bawdiness in Pantagruel; more obvious promotion of humanist and Evangelical ideals in Gargantua, but also notable parody; in the Tiers Livre, an inquiry into marriage and the nature of women, with a more subtle kind of comedy centred on Panurge's melancholic deterioration; in the Quart Livre, the flowering of Rabelais's peculiar manner, the fullest expression of his religion, and extensive reference to contemporary politics.
Gr, " who has a bitter bile " ) In Rabelais 's Gargantua and Pantagruel, the despot of Lerne, who declares war on the kingdom of Grandgousier, Gargantua 'sfather.
In the introduction to Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534), Rabelais writes that "Praising his teacher," Symposium's Alcibiades calls Socrates,