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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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There would be no exceptions to the rule, he warned: "Together with Indians and half-breeds, so each and every descendant of Spain and Portugal beneath this sky and, together with the most infamous and weakest republics of this continent, also the best and the strongest, such as Mexico, Argentina, and Chile, will be thrown into the cauldron that awaits the arrival of the Pantagruelian invaders.
Gaster extrapolates the Pantagruelian ethos past its original intent; he is the hero's negative image, the corruption of his worthy aims.
When sitting at a table, she is either directing the preparation of one of her famous pantagruelian banquets, carefully assuring that her culinary delicacies are served in the appropriate manner and order or being eaten and savored by her voracious lover: "It was as if a strange alchemic process had dissolved her entire being in the rose and petal sauce, in the tender flesh of the quails, in the wine, in every one of the meal's aromas.
To eat like that now might seem Pantagruelian, and there would be the additional, inevitable risk of falling into the custom of the daily siesta.
Witness in brief some of the evidence: each was handsome, suffered physical handicaps, but was physically aggressive; each was a hedonist (from cross-dressing to bi-sexuality, Pantagruelian exploits in meat and drink); each was awed by and drawn to the horrors of war; each relished virulent attacks against fellow writers; each indulged in digressive literary forms and held to self-assured insistence upon dour world views.