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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a gigantic prince, noted for his ironical buffoonery, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)
ˌPantagruˈelian, ˌPantagruˈelic adj
ˌPantaˈgruelˌism n
ˌPantaˈgruelist n


(pænˈtæg ruˌɛl, -əl, ˌpæn təˈgru əl)

the huge son of Gargantua in Rabelais' novels Pantagruel (1532) and Gargantua (1534).
Pan`ta•gru•el′i•an, adj.
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Professor William Twining was fond of quoting the story of Judge Bridlegoose from Gargantua and Pantagruel.
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Consider that great legal theorist, Francois Rabelais, recounting the testimony of Judge Bridlegoose, an innovative sixteenth-century jurist who was often faced with the problem of conflicting or vague precedents that modern legal academics have come to characterize as the "indeterminacy of the law.

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