lampoon

noun
lam·​poon | \ lam-ˈpün How to pronounce lampoon (audio) \

Definition of lampoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: satire sense 1 specifically : a harsh satire usually directed against an individual He said such ridiculous things that he was often the target of lampoons in the press.

lampoon

verb
lampooned; lampooning; lampoons

Definition of lampoon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make the subject of a lampoon : ridicule

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Other Words from lampoon

Verb

lampooner noun
lampoonery \ lam-​ˈpü-​nə-​rē How to pronounce lampoonery (audio) , -​ˈpün-​rē \ noun

Synonyms for lampoon

Synonyms: Noun

pasquinade, satire

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Verb

Lampoon can be a noun or a verb. The noun lampoon (meaning "satire" or, specifically, "a harsh satire usually directed against an individual") was first used in English in 1645. The verb followed about a decade later. The words come from the French lampon, which probably originated from lampons, the first person plural imperative of lamper ("to guzzle"). Lampons! (meaning "Let us guzzle!") is a frequent refrain in 17th-century French satirical poems.

Examples of lampoon in a Sentence

Noun

He said such ridiculous things that he was often the target of lampoons in the press. this classic musical is a lampoon of the movie business at the time when sound was introduced

Verb

The politician was lampooned in cartoons.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver’s effervescent revue of send-ups and showstoppers in which Snow White looks for love in an onslaught of pop-culture lampoons and fantastic hats. SFChronicle.com, "Theater listings," 18 June 2019 Simultaneously, his work lampoons technology, revealing its absurdity and periodic recklessness. Peter Holley, The Seattle Times, "Roboticist trains AI to tell people their fortunes," 16 Oct. 2018 Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver’s effervescent revue of send-ups and showstoppers in which Snow White looks for love in an onslaught of pop-culture lampoons and fantastic hats. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of April 22," 19 Apr. 2018 Her latest exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is equal parts lament, lampoon and savage reckoning. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "In Nicole Eisenman's paintings, a must-see mirror to America's political moment," 2 Apr. 2018 Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver’s effervescent revue of send-ups and showstoppers in which Snow White looks for love in an onslaught of pop-culture lampoons and fantastic hats. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of April 15," 12 Apr. 2018 Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver’s effervescent revue of send-ups and showstoppers in which Snow White looks for love in an onslaught of pop-culture lampoons and fantastic hats. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of April 1," 29 Mar. 2018 Emmerling said the show's more-than-gentle ribbing of the tenets of Mormon faith resonates particularly with members of the Latter-day Saints community, who often come up to him after curtain to share their knowing appreciation of the lampoon. Eric Althoff, latimes.com, "‘The Book of Mormon’ returns to Segerstrom Center," 22 Mar. 2018 Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver’s effervescent revue of send-ups and showstoppers in which Snow White looks for love in an onslaught of pop-culture lampoons and fantastic hats. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of March 18," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Begun in 1851 in Lowell, Massachusetts, at a Horribles Parade normal citizens dress up and lampoon national leaders from presidents, to senators, to governors and generals. Elliot Ackerman, Time, "The Absurd Fight Over President Trump's July 4th 'Salute to America'," 3 July 2019 Never are high-minded questions of art and authenticity more expertly lampooned than in the person of Anton Beans, a hacky second-year poet in the Seminars. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Taking the male ego down a couple of notches," 13 June 2019 Those lampooned usually have stood in the way of true love. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Is this the end of comedy? Why it’s never been harder to tell a joke," 19 June 2019 Never are high-minded questions of art and authenticity more expertly lampooned than in the person of Anton Beans, a hacky second-year poet in the Seminars. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Taking the male ego down a couple of notches," 13 June 2019 Never are high-minded questions of art and authenticity more expertly lampooned than in the person of Anton Beans, a hacky second-year poet in the Seminars. Rebekah Frumkin, Washington Post, "Poking fun at the male ego — and academia — in one cheeky little novel," 11 June 2019 In the clip above, Mr. Poperechny lampooned how the main state TV news program might cover him, mocking the mannerisms of TV anchor Dmitri Kiselyov, one of the Kremlin’s chief propagandists. New York Times, "Looking for Free Speech in Russia? Try YouTube," 9 June 2019 Opposition parties distributed placards lampooning Lam with the communist hammer and sickle over her eye. Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong protest law to allow extraditions to China," 9 June 2019 Flores expertly lampoons the narcotraficante predilection for exotic collecting and baroque violence. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of lampoon

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lampoon

Noun and Verb

French lampon

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lampoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lampoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of writing, a cartoon, etc., that mocks or makes fun of a well-known person or thing

lampoon

verb

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

: to publicly criticize (someone or something) in a way that causes laughter : to mock or make fun of (someone or something)

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