caricature

caricature [kar′i kə chər, kar′i kəchoor΄]
n.
[Fr < It caricatura, satirical picture, lit., an overloading < caricare, to load, exaggerate < VL carricare: see CHARGE]
1. a picture or imitation of a person, literary style, etc. in which certain features or mannerisms are exaggerated for satirical effect
2. the act or art of making such caricatures
3. a likeness or imitation that is so distorted or inferior as to seem ludicrous
vt.
caricatured, caricaturing
to depict in or as in a caricature
caricaturist
n.
SYN.- CARICATURE refers to an imitation or representation of a person or thing, in drawing, writing, or performance, that ludicrously exaggerates its distinguishing features; BURLESQUE implies the handling of a serious subject lightly or flippantly, or of a trifling subject with mock seriousness; a PARODY ridicules a written work or writer by imitating the style closely, esp. so as to point up its peculiarities or affectations, and by distorting the content nonsensically or changing it to something absurdly incongruous; TRAVESTY, in contrast, implies that the subject matter is retained, but that the style and language are changed so as to give a grotesquely absurd effect; SATIRE refers to a literary composition in which follies, vices, stupidities, and abuses in life are held up to ridicule and contempt; LAMPOON refers to a piece of strongly satirical writing that uses broad humor in attacking and ridiculing the faults and weaknesses of an individual

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  • CARICATURE — La caricature (de l’italien caricare , charger) est l’expression la plus évidente de la satire dans le graphisme, la peinture et même la statuaire. Elle fut longtemps confondue avec les manifestations du grotesque, mais depuis la fin des années… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • caricature — n Caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty are comparable as nouns meaning a grotesque or bizarre imitation of something and as verbs meaning to make such an imitation. Caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration or distortion (often pictorial) of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Caricature —   [ ka tyr], La Caricature, Titel von französischen satirischen Zeitschriften: La Caricature, gegründet 1830 und als Wochenblatt herausgegeben von Charles Philipon (* 1806, ✝ 1862), bekannt durch die Figur einer Birne für König Louis Philippe,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Caricature — Car i*ca*ture, n. [It. caricatura, fr. caricare to charge, overload, exaggerate. See {Charge}, v. t.] 1. An exaggeration, or distortion by exaggeration, of parts or characteristics, as in a picture. [1913 Webster] 2. A picture or other figure or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caricature — Car i*ca*ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caricatured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Caricaturing}.] To make or draw a caricature of; to represent with ridiculous exaggeration; to burlesque. [1913 Webster] He could draw an ill face, or caricature a good one, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caricature — 1748, from Fr. caricature (18c.), from It. caricatura satirical picture; an exaggeration, lit. an overloading, from caricare to load, exaggerate, from V.L. carricare (see CHARGE (Cf. charge)). The Italian form had been used in English from 1680s …   Etymology dictionary

  • caricature — ► NOUN ▪ a depiction of a person in which distinguishing characteristics are exaggerated for comic or grotesque effect. ► VERB ▪ make a caricature of. DERIVATIVES caricatural adjective caricaturist noun. ORIGIN Italian caricatura, from Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • caricature — I noun apery, cartoon, characterization, depiction, exaggerated likeness, exaggeration, farce, graphic treatment, grotesque portrayal, grotesque rendition, hyperbole, imitation, lampoon, mimicking, mimicry, mockery, overcoloring, overdrawing,… …   Law dictionary

  • caricature — CARICATURE. s. fém. Terme de Peinture, emprunté de l Italien. C est la même chose que Charge en Peinture. Voyez Chàrge …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • caricature — [n] exaggerated description in writing, drawing burlesque, cartoon, distortion, farce, imitation, lampoon, libel, mimicry, mockery, parody, pasquinade, pastiche, puton*, ridicule, satire, send up*, sham, takeoff*, travesty; concepts 271,386,625 …   New thesaurus


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