caricature

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

Definition of caricature 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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.

caricature

verb
caricatured; caricaturing

Definition of caricature (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

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Other Words from caricature

Noun

caricatural \ ˌker-​i-​kə-​ˈchu̇r-​əl , -​ˈchər-​, -​ˈtyu̇r-​, -​ˈtu̇r-​, -​ˌka-​ri-​ \ adjective
caricaturist \ ˈker-​i-​kə-​ˌchu̇r-​ist , -​ˌchər-​, -​ˌtyu̇r-​, -​ˌtu̇r-​, -​ˈka-​ri-​ \ noun

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Noun

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

Examples of caricature in a Sentence

Noun

An artist was doing caricatures in the park. His performance in the film was a caricature of a hard-boiled detective. The interview made her into a caricature of a struggling artist.

Verb

The press caricatured him as clumsy and forgetful. caricatured the supervisor's distinctive walk
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Arkansas, a political action committee calling itself Black Americans for the President’s Agenda released a radio ad using racist caricatures in an effort to court black voters. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The Seattle Times, "Two years and hundreds of inflammatory ads later, the G.O.P. is the party of Trump," 6 Nov. 2018 Las Vegas is no stranger to European influence, but its replicas of the Trevi Fountain, Eiffel Tower, and Rialto Bridge are more caricature than truth, more kitsch than Old World splendor. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "There's a Newcomer to The Strip: the NoMad Las Vegas," 12 Oct. 2018 Around the time the first movie debuted, in 2008, the whole SATC caricature was so overblown and cliche that even many of the show’s original superfans felt the need to distance themselves from it. refinery29.com, "The Birth, Death & Inevitable Comeback Of The Cosmo, SATC's Greatest Icon," 6 June 2018 And Stafford’s unsubtle direction only amps up the caricatures. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Mamma Mia!' at the Walnut: Despite the clichés, lighthearted fun," 24 May 2018 The team decided to remove the caricature from its uniforms after the season, stemming from intense pressure from fans who claimed the logo was racially insensitive. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Indians' Chief Wahoo Hats With Jackie Robinson Patch Already Being Sold on eBay," 16 Apr. 2018 On the West Coast, a lot of Latino men kind of fit within the physical caricature of how people perceive Muslim men. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "What most Americans get wrong about Islamophobia," 6 Apr. 2018 Leguizamo slips into racial caricatures that go beyond portraying Latin Americans. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "The People’s History of John Leguizamo," 28 Feb. 2018 But what makes director Jeremy Wechsler’s production engaging throughout is the way the cast commits to these characters without turning them into caricatures of either obsessive-nerd culture or jackbooted thugs. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'The Antelope Party': We live in a world where 'bronies' can be radicalized," 31 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the West, Mr. Kim, 34, has often been caricatured as a chubby child toying with nuclear missiles. New York Times, "Kim Jong-un’s Image Shift: From Nuclear Madman to Skillful Leader," 6 June 2018 You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree. Fox News, "Sekulow: Kavanaugh will be a brilliant Supreme Court justice," 10 July 2018 Spicer, who was known for his combative press briefings and was caricatured on ‘‘Saturday Night Live,’’ will be a spokesman and senior adviser to the group, which works to elect candidates who support the agenda of the president. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to serve as spokesman for Trump-aligned super PAC," 14 June 2018 Oprah is an obvious exception to this rule, and Iyanla Vanzant’s antics on Iyanla: Fix My Life are over the top and sometimes caricatured. refinery29.com, "Red Table Talk Is The Best Thing To Happen To Facebook," 7 June 2018 Pougetoux—who was even caricatured for a new issue of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo—has become the latest subject of France’s ongoing and intensifying battle over national identity. Karina Piser, The New Republic, "Inside France’s Growing Identity War," 29 May 2018 MacPhisto was Bono’s way of caricaturing himself, a full-of-himself rock star embodying his own cartoon image. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "U2 : Beauty and bombast at United Center," 23 May 2018 Ted Kennedy has often been caricatured as a boorish drunk, but Clarke gives him an emotional depth that Kennedy’s detractors too often discount. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Eternal Return of the Kennedys," 30 Apr. 2018 To do all that would require a president to be largely hated by the Left, demonized by the media, and caricatured in popular culture — and few were willing to endure the commensurate ostracism. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "President Nobama," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of caricature

Noun

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caricature

Noun

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

Verb

see caricature entry 1

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caricature

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caricature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of caricature (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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