metagrobolism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined in translation of Rabelais' works, derived from the obsolete French metagrabouliser (mystify).

Noun[edit]

metagrobolism (uncountable)

  1. (humorous) Concealment, mystification, obfuscation.
    • 1653, François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel:
      [A]ll the autonomatic metagrobolism of the Romish Church, when tottering and emblustricated with the gibble-gabble gibberish of this odious error and heresy, is homocentrically poised.

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