caricature
I. noun Etymology: Italian caricatura, literally, act of loading, from caricare to load, from Late Latin carricare Date: 1712 1. exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics 2. a representation especially in literature or art that has the qualities of caricature 3. a distortion so gross as to seem like caricature • caricatural adjectivecaricaturist noun Synonyms: caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty mean a comic or grotesque imitation. caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject <
caricatures of politicians in cartoons
>
. burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment <
a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court
>
. parody applies especially to treatment of a trivial or ludicrous subject in the exactly imitated style of a well-known author or work <
a witty parody of a popular novel
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. travesty implies that the subject remains unchanged but that the style is extravagant or absurd <
this production is a travesty of the opera
>
. II. transitive verb (-tured; -turing) Date: circa 1771 to make or draw a caricature of ; represent in caricature <
the portrait caricatured its subject
>

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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 — [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… …   English World dictionary

  • 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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