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

Synonyms for lampoon

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 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 In recent days, Bevin’s handling of the aircraft issue has been criticized by a conservative talk radio host, lampooned by a cartoonist and ridiculed by Democrats. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kentucky governor faces pushback over use of state aircraft," 20 Sep. 2019 Fanfiction is still dismissed as a serious literary genre, lampooned as something only shrill teen girls write — even though many of those girls grow up to become Hugo-winning authors themselves (who still write fanfiction). Aja Romano, Vox, "4.7 million fanfics are now Hugo winners, thanks to AO3 and the transformative culture that built it.," 19 Aug. 2019 Ibsen’s next work, Peer Gynt (1867), a stunning picaresque that lampoons Norwegian peasant life, provincialism, and greed, was also enthusiastically received. Andrew Katzenstein, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Conservative," 16 Sep. 2019 Naturally, some fans of The Beatles weren’t too pleased and shared their disgruntled reactions across social media, lampooning the rapper and reminding him of the group’s lasting success. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Drake gets tattoo of himself with the Beatles after beating group’s chart records," 14 Aug. 2019 There’s no shortage of shows that lampoon the president, the White House and other leaders across the globe. Jeanne Jakle, ExpressNews.com, "The 15 new fall 2019 TV shows you need to watch," 12 Sep. 2019 Astonishingly, the belief that vaccination could turn children into cattle took hold in England – a mass delusion that was lampooned by the cartoonist James Gillray (pictured top). The Economist, "The original anti-vaxxers," 30 Aug. 2019 Both make endless false claims, blame others for their mistakes and have been lampooned — and vastly underestimated — by their critics. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Great Successor’ paints a macabre portrait of Kim Jong Un," 24 Aug. 2019 Pan-democratic parties distributed placards denouncing the extradition law and lampooning Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader, Carrie Lam, with the Communist hammer and sickle over her eye. Washington Post, "Hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong protest law to allow extraditions to China," 10 June 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
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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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