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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Verb

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

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 The second Monty Python feature, however, which uproariously lampoons Arthurian legend, is — forgive me — the holy grail of the streamer’s comedic selection. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The best movies on Netflix right now," 28 May 2020 The leap from regional lampoon to gay rom-com doesn’t change the play’s basic cartoon dynamics. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Canadians’ at South Coast Repertory sets course with a queer ‘Love Boat’," 7 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its members advertise satirical services to lampoon the monarchy. The Economist, "Voice of treason The Thai government tries new ways to curb online critics," 4 June 2020 There’s a recurring gag lampooning Bond villain Blofeld that has a rewarding payoff. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Eureka! Handmade stop-motion ‘Strike’ is different and good," 16 Apr. 2020 Each carries billboards lampooning people and issues that have gyrated into the public eye over the past year. al, "Mobile’s Comic Cowboys: Boeing flies unfriendly skies," 25 Feb. 2020 The mutation is becoming increasingly corrosive on TikTok, where white teens recklessly lampoon black culture under hashtags like #CripWalk and #Ghetto. Jason Parham, Wired, "Kesha, Lil Wayne, and Albums That Don't Need a Viral Hit," 14 Feb. 2020 Other pieces targeted the snobbery of New York’s social world, lampooned journalistic clichés and concocted playful absurdities, such as the pope giving battle orders to the Swiss Guard. Alex Traub, New York Times, "When All the Zingers Were Fit to Print," 1 Apr. 2020 Others lampooned Meghan’s politically correct pronouncements on the environment and women’s rights. Washington Post, "Royal farewell: Harry, Meghan on final duty before new life," 8 Mar. 2020 Others lampooned Meghan’s politically correct pronouncements on the environment and women’s rights. Danica Kirka, BostonGlobe.com, "Royal farewell: Harry, Meghan on final duty before new life," 8 Mar. 2020 Others lampooned Meghan’s politically correct pronouncements on the environment and women’s rights. Time, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Say Farewell to Monarchy in Final Royal Commitment," 8 Mar. 2020

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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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11 Jun 2020

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“Lampoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lampoon. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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lampoon

noun
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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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