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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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

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 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 Jan. 7," 4 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Russia has aggressively denied any involvement and has lampooned the British investigation. New York Times, "Sergei Skripal Was Retired, but Still in the Spy Game. Is That Why He Was Poisoned?," 14 May 2018 Family Guy leaned into the sorts of ironically racist and sexist humor that was popular in the late ’90s, part of a wave of entertainment that lampooned what its creators perhaps saw as liberal overreach. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "12 years after mocking Al Gore’s fight against climate change, South Park reconsiders," 14 Nov. 2018 Tina Fey's book is often hilarious, and the show makes room for outcast adolescents who prove themselves to be even more entertaining than the beauty queens and jocks who are lampooned with aplomb. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "What 'My Fair Lady' and 'Carousel' bring to Broadway that 'Mean Girls' does not," 17 May 2018 While all of the acts drew cheers, in what has become an annual rite, much of the anticipation in the crowd was what current affairs topic would the lawn mower team select this year to lampoon. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Controversial lawn mowers, firetruck sirens and crowds cheering the parade – a typical July 4 in Lake Bluff," 6 July 2018 During the now-legendary Zoo TV Tour, Bono played several oddball characters designed to lampoon a celebrity-worshipping culture. Scott Meslow, GQ, "How to Become a U2 Fan," 11 May 2018 The show loves to lampoon moral inconsistencies of Victorian England with Python-like indirection. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Peter and the Starcatcher' at Theatre Horizon: Unbridled, unpredictable, riotously funny," 4 May 2018 The boots' fallibility became so widely known that even the Simpson's lampooned their ineffectiveness. Steve Rousseau, Popular Mechanics, "Can the Parking Boot Be Beat?," 6 June 2013 Hunter clawed his way back 30 years later by lampooning his former self in campy comedies. Gina Piccalo, latimes.com, "Actor Tab Hunter dies at 86; '50s heartthrob's career ranged from 'Battle Cry' to 'Polyester'," 9 July 2018

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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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