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caricature

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noun car·i·ca·ture \ˈker-i-kə-ˌchu̇r, -ˌchər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r, -ˈka-ri-\

Simple Definition of caricature

  • : a drawing that makes someone look funny or foolish because some part of the person's appearance is exaggerated

  • : someone or something that is very exaggerated in a funny or foolish way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caricature

  1. 1 :  exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics

  2. 2 :  a representation especially in literature or art that has the qualities of caricature

  3. 3 :  a distortion so gross as to seem like caricature

caricatural

play \ˌker-i-kə-ˈchu̇r-əl, -ˈchər-, -ˈtyu̇r-, -ˈtu̇r-, -ˌka-ri-\ adjective

caricaturist

play \ˈker-i-kə-ˌchu̇r-ist, -ˌchər-, -ˌtyu̇r-, -ˌtu̇r-, -ˈka-ri-\ noun

Examples of caricature in a sentence

  1. An artist was doing caricatures in the park.

  2. His performance in the film was a caricature of a hard-boiled detective.

  3. The interview made her into a caricature of a struggling artist.



Origin and Etymology of caricature

Italian caricatura, literally, act of loading, from caricare to load, from Late Latin carricare


First Known Use: 1712

Synonym Discussion of caricature

caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty mean a comic or grotesque imitation. caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject <caricatures of politicians in cartoons>. burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment <a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court>. parody applies especially to treatment of a trivial or ludicrous subject in the exactly imitated style of a well-known author or work <a witty parody of a popular novel>. travesty implies that the subject remains unchanged but that the style is extravagant or absurd <this production is a travesty of the opera>.

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caricature

verb car·i·ca·ture

Simple Definition of caricature

  • : to do a caricature of (someone or something) : to draw or describe (someone or something) in a funny or exaggerated way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caricature

caricatured

caricaturing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make or draw a caricature of :  represent in caricature <the portrait caricatured its subject>

Examples of caricature in a sentence

  1. The press caricatured him as clumsy and forgetful.

  2. <caricatured the supervisor's distinctive walk>



Circa 1771

First Known Use of caricature

circa 1771

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