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caricature

[kar-i-kuh-cher, -choo r] /ˈkær ɪ kə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər/
noun
1.
a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things:
His caricature of the mayor in this morning's paper is the best he's ever drawn.
2.
the art or process of producing such pictures, descriptions, etc.
3.
any imitation or copy so distorted or inferior as to be ludicrous.
verb (used with object), caricatured, caricaturing.
4.
to make a caricature of; represent in caricature.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; earlier caricatura < Italian, equivalent to caricat(o) loaded, i.e., distorted (past participle of caricare; see charge) + -ura -ure
Related forms
caricaturable, adjective
caricatural, adjective
caricaturist, noun
self-caricature, noun
semicaricatural, adjective
uncaricatured, adjective
Can be confused
burlesque, caricature, cartoon, parody, satire (see synonym study at burlesque; see synonym study at satire)
Synonyms
1. cartoon. See burlesque. 3. travesty.
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Examples from the web for caricatured
  • In them the traditional patriot is the more clearly typified because he is slightly caricatured.
  • Stock-car fans are sometimes caricatured as bloodthirsty, eagerly awaiting the next spectacular crash.
  • To an extent, these are caricatured versions of the two models, and there are subtler variants of each.
  • Their argument was caricatured by critics as purely humanitarian but was in fact strategic.
  • Although today's computer-animated films may be getting closer to reality, they're still caricatured.
  • And the play has no structures other than the interweaving of caricatured characters.
  • No one was more easily caricatured during and after.
British Dictionary definitions for caricatured

caricature

/ˈkærɪkəˌtjʊə/
noun
1.
a pictorial, written, or acted representation of a person, which exaggerates his characteristic traits for comic effect
2.
a ludicrously inadequate or inaccurate imitation: he is a caricature of a statesman
verb
3.
(transitive) to represent in caricature or produce a caricature of
Derived Forms
caricatural, adjective
caricaturist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Italian caricatura a distortion, exaggeration, from caricare to load, exaggerate; see cargo
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Word Origin and History for caricatured

caricature

n.

1748 (figurative), 1750 (literal), from French caricature (18c.), from Italian caricatura "satirical picture; an exaggeration," literally "an overloading," from caricare "to load, exaggerate," from Vulgar Latin carricare "to load a car" (see charge (v.)). The Italian form had been used in English from 1680s and was common 18c.

v.

1749, from caricature (n.). Related: Caricatured; caricaturing.

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caricatured in Culture

caricature definition


In art or literature, portrayal of an individual or thing that exaggerates and distorts prominent characteristics so as to make them appear ridiculous. Caricature is commonly a medium for satire.

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