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caricature

[kar-i-kuh-cher, -choor]
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:
1740–50; earlier caricatura < Italian, equivalent to caricat(o) loaded, i.e., distorted (past participle of caricare; see charge) + -ura -ure

caricaturable, adjective
caricatural, adjective
caricaturist, noun
self-caricature, noun
semicaricatural, adjective
uncaricatured, adjective

burlesque, caricature, cartoon, parody, satire (see synonym study at burlesque)(see synonym study at satire).


1. cartoon. See burlesque. 3. travesty.
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caricature (ˈkærɪkəˌtjʊə)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) to represent in caricature or produce a caricature of
 
[C18: from Italian caricatura a distortion, exaggeration, from caricare to load, exaggerate; see cargo]
 
'caricatural
 
adj
 
'caricaturist
 
n

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caricature
1748, from Fr. caricature, from It. caricatura "satirical picture," lit. "an overloading," from caricare "to load, exaggerate," from V.L. carricare (see charge). The It. form had been used in Eng. from c.1682.
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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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