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caricature

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

Definition of caricature

1 :exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics
  • drew a caricature of the president
2 :a representation especially in literature or art that has the qualities of caricature
  • His performance in the film was a caricature of a hard-boiled detective.
3 :a distortion so gross as to seem like caricature
  • The kangaroo court was a caricature of justice.

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.

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Origin and Etymology of caricature

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

caricature Synonyms

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

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Definition of caricature

caricatured; caricaturing
transitive verb
:to make or draw a caricature of :represent in caricature
  • the portrait caricatured its subject
  • The comedian caricatured the governor as a pompous know-it-all.

Examples of caricature in a Sentence

  1. The press caricatured him as clumsy and forgetful.

  2. caricatured the supervisor's distinctive walk

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Origin and Etymology of caricature

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CARICATURE Defined for English Language Learners

caricature

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noun

Definition of caricature for English Language Learners

  • : 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


caricature

verb

Definition of caricature for English Language Learners

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



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