lampoon

noun
lam·poon | \ lam-ˈpün \

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, -ˈpün-rē \ noun

Synonyms for lampoon

Synonyms: Noun

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

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 Set a century or so in the future — when women are extinct, and men can reproduce — the play is a dark, risky lampoon of desire, power, pregnancy and religion. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Robert O’Hara Thinks ‘Men Are Stupid.’ His New Play Shows Just How.," 20 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Female body types have always cycled in and out of style; yet with men, alternatives to the ideal of imposing physicality have usually been ignored or lampooned. Nick Haramis, New York Times, "Welcome to the Age of the Twink," 14 May 2018 Mike and his Music Masters dust off the old ‘Jake Walk Blues’ and lampoon the poor lushes outside, but nobody’s laughing much now. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 Roem has an idea for a title that would lampoon the charge. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "What transgender legislator Danica Roem learned from Metallica," 19 June 2018 Clarkson immediately laid down the law: No lampooning fellow musicians in the show's opening number. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Kelly Clarkson teases laughs, songs, Spanx malfunctions as Billboard Music Awards host," 17 May 2018 The drawings from that book reprinted here pay overt homage to the style of the period, but even more to the audacity of its artists to subversively — often savagely — lampoon their targets while still leaving them laughing and wanting more. Steven Heller, New York Times, "Tom Wolfe’s Lesser Known Career as a Cartoonist," 6 July 2018 Blaringly absent is any reference to the man others have endlessly lampooned. Dorian May, A-LIST, "Portrait of an Artist: George Condo," 5 July 2018 The actor shared yet another political cartoon on his Twitter page on Thursday, lampooning Trump’s 72nd birthday by showing a cartoon boy peeing on a grave. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Jim Carrey Creates Controversial Artwork for Trump's Birthday, Showing Boy Urinating on a '45' Grave," 15 June 2018 Even as Curran was submitting stories to The Saturday Evening Post, the publication was printing a satirical piece by Dorothy Parker lampooning Ouija boards. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 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

French lampon

Verb

see lampoon entry 1

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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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