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lampoon

[lam-poon] /læmˈpun/
noun
1.
a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to mock or ridicule in a lampoon:
to lampoon important leaders in the government.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < French lampon, said to be noun use of lampons let us guzzle (from a drinking song), imperative of lamper, akin to laper to lap up < Germanic; see lap3
Related forms
lampooner, lampoonist, noun
lampoonery, noun
unlampooned, adjective
Synonyms
1. See satire.
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British Dictionary definitions for lampoon

lampoon

/læmˈpuːn/
noun
1.
a satire in prose or verse ridiculing a person, literary work, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to attack or satirize in a lampoon
Derived Forms
lampooner, lampoonist, noun
lampoonery, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French lampon, perhaps from lampons let us drink (frequently used as a refrain in poems)
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Word Origin and History for lampoon
n.

1640s, from French lampon (17c.), of unknown origin, said by French etymologists to be from lampons "let us drink," popular refrain for scurrilous 17c. songs, from lamper "to drink, guzzle," a nasalized form of laper "to lap," from a Germanic source akin to lap (v.). Also see -oon.

v.

1650s, from lampoon (n.), or else from French lamponner, from the Middle French noun. Related: Lampooned; lampooning.

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Encyclopedia Article for lampoon

virulent satire in prose or verse that is a gratuitous and sometimes unjust and malicious attack on an individual. Although the term came into use in the 17th century from the French, examples of the lampoon are found as early as the 3rd century BC in the plays of Aristophanes, who lampooned Euripides in The Frogs and Socrates in The Clouds. In English literature the form was particularly popular during the Restoration and the 18th century, as exemplified in the lampoons of John Dryden, Thomas Brown, and John Wilkes and in dozens of anonymous satires.

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