Lampoon Lam*poon", n. [F. lampon a drinking song, fr. lampons let us drink, -- the burden of such a song, fr. lamper to guzzle, to drink much and greedily; of German origin, and akin to E. lap to drink. Prob. so called because drinking songs often contain personal slander or satire.] 1. A personal satire in writing; usually, malicious and abusive censure written only to reproach and distress. [1913 Webster]

Like her who missed her name in a lampoon, And grieved to find herself decayed so soon. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Any satire ridiculing or mocking a person, activity, or institution by representing its character or behavior in an exaggerated or grotesque form; the representation may be written, filmed, or performed as a live skit, and may be intended as a severe reproach, or as good-natured humor. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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