lampoon

[lam-poon]
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:
1635–45; < 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

lampooner, lampoonist, noun
lampoonery, noun
unlampooned, adjective


1. See satire.
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lampoon (læmˈpuːn)
 
n
1.  a satire in prose or verse ridiculing a person, literary work, etc
 
vb
2.  (tr) to attack or satirize in a lampoon
 
[C17: from French lampon, perhaps from lampons let us drink (frequently used as a refrain in poems)]
 
lam'pooner
 
n
 
lam'poonist
 
n
 
lam'poonery
 
n

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lampoon
1645, from Fr. lampon, of unknown origin, said by Fr. 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." The verb is first attested 1657.
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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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Example sentences
Many readers seem to believe that this lampoon is typical and true of all
  universities.
It is his blog, and he has the right to lampoon bad cartoon political humor.
The web has yet to meet a serious idea it couldn't lampoon.
On the other hand, maybe they agree to confess immediately in order to lampoon
  the accusations against them.
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