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

Some more modern designs are playful with caricatures depicting former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and basketball legend Michael Jordan wearing his No. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018 The artist, best known for his fantastical depictions of debauchery and comedic contoured caricatures of subjects both real and imaginary, explains that the current unstable environment lends artists a creative advantage. Dorian May, A-LIST, "Portrait of an Artist: George Condo," 5 July 2018 Suddenly, every slur, insult, and caricature seems like a golden opportunity to commodify and profit from the most repellent sound bites. Sonia K. Katyal, BostonGlobe.com, "The sudden rush of vulgar trademarks," 23 June 2018 But, much like Life Is Strange, half the joy is in discovering that these caricatures of a particular time and place aren’t that at all. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight," 6 June 2018 Blackface, a form of theater makeup used by non-black actors to represent a caricature of a black person in minstrel shows that became popular in the 1830s, has long been considered offensive and racist across the United States. Brenda Medina, miamiherald, "Miami theater no longer features actress in blackface in Spanish-language play," 26 May 2018 Last month, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball announced that Chief Wahoo, a caricature of American Indians, would be removed from uniforms in 2019, though the team name won’t be changed. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "San Lorenzo High, months after scrapping Rebel Guy, still seeking mascot," 12 Feb. 2018 Customers can also win a chance to smash piñatas featuring caricatures of Messrs. Trump and Kim. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "I’ll Have Atomic Wings! For Singapore Foodies, Trump-Kim Fusion Is the Bomb," 10 June 2018 José Manuel Diaz-Soto's gritty urban set includes several walls festooned with posters featuring caricatures of Trump as Hitler, but that is no easy swipe at Twitler. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "The Wolf at the End of the Block," 12 Apr. 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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