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 lampoon (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 Could Holles have ordered the creation of the giant as a political lampoon, like a seventeenth-century Banksy? Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 12 May 2021 Despite its debut in the decidedly less woke mid-aughts, this gender-bending lampoon of Japanese otaku and host-club culture is chock-full of graces and rewards. Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, 5 Apr. 2021 The essay includes the classic, hilarious lampoon of the January 1970 party thrown by Leonard Bernstein in his 13-room Manhattan penthouse to raise money for the Black Panthers Defense Fund. Mark Antonio Wright, National Review, 27 Mar. 2021 This week’s episode opened with a sketch that began as a lampoon of CNN’s election coverage, with Beck Bennett as a weary Wolf Blitzer and Alex Moffat as John King, whose fingers had been worn down to nubs from using touch-screen maps for 85 hours. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2020 TikTok is popular in Pakistan, including videos that lampoon and criticize the government. Saeed Shah, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2020 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, 28 May 2020 The leap from regional lampoon to gay rom-com doesn’t change the play’s basic cartoon dynamics. Los Angeles Times, 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, 18 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its members advertise satirical services to lampoon the monarchy. The Economist, 4 June 2020 There’s a recurring gag lampooning Bond villain Blofeld that has a rewarding payoff. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2020 Each carries billboards lampooning people and issues that have gyrated into the public eye over the past year. al, 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, 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, 1 Apr. 2020 Others lampooned Meghan’s politically correct pronouncements on the environment and women’s rights. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2020 Others lampooned Meghan’s politically correct pronouncements on the environment and women’s rights. Danica Kirka, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Mar. 2020 Others lampooned Meghan’s politically correct pronouncements on the environment and women’s rights. Time, 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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21 May 2021

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“Lampoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lampoon. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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