American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect.
- n. The art of creating such representations.
- n. A grotesque imitation or misrepresentation: The trial was a caricature of justice.
- v. To represent or imitate in an exaggerated, distorted manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A representation, pictorial or descriptive, in which beauties or favorable points are concealed or perverted and peculiarities or defects exaggerated, so as to make the person or thing represented ridiculous, while a general likeness is retained.
- n. Synonyms Caricature, Burlesque, Parody, Travesty. The distinguishing mark of a caricature is that it absurdly exaggerates that which is characteristic, it may be by picture or by language. A burlesque renders its subject ludicrous by an incongruous manner of treating it, as by treating a grave subject lightly, or a light subject gravely. Burlesque may be intentional or not. A parody intentionally burlesques a literary composition, generally a poem, by imitating its form, style, or language. In a parody the characters are changed, while in a travesty they are retained, only the language being made absurd. (See travesty.) In a burlesque of a literary work the characters are generally changed into others which ludicrously suggest their originals.
- pret. and pp. caricatured, ppr. caricaturing. [⟨ caricature, n.; = French caricaturer = Sp. caricaturar.] To make or draw a caricature of; represent in the manner of a caricature; burlesque.
- n. A pictorial representation of someone in which distinguishing features are exaggerated for comic effect.
- n. A grotesque misrepresentation.
- v. To represent someone in an exaggerated or distorted manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An exaggeration, or distortion by exaggeration, of parts or characteristics, as in a picture.
- n. A picture or other figure or description in which the peculiarities of a person or thing are so exaggerated as to appear ridiculous; a burlesque; a parody.
- v. To make or draw a caricature of; to represent with ridiculous exaggeration; to burlesque.
- v. represent in or produce a caricature of
- n. a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
- From French caricature. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian caricatura, from caricare, to load, exaggerate, from Late Latin carricāre, from Latin carrus, a Gallic type of wagon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ah, dualism; that left-brain/right-brain caricature is a pernicious one, isn't it?”
“Certainly, the caricature is a supression of freedom, in the name of protecting it.”
“The pleasure of the caricature is therefore like that of a voyeur witnessing a sexual aggression against the”
“This was the period in his life when he started living out what he called a caricature of black male adolescence.”
“It often happens that a "caricature" is as accurate as a photograph.”
“February 15th, 2009 at 5: 41 pm whatever a black caricature is supposed to write about.”
“Otherwise, the art is sufficient but nothing outstanding, based in caricature to convey the excessive emotions that drive people to crime or are suffered by the victims.”
“That one above the Arnold caricature is really cool ... lots of atmosphere.”
“The anti-Stratfordian caricature is that the “Stratford Man” was a smug bourgeois without the slightest depth to his soul.”
“Now radicalism often consists in a sullen ghost of class consciousness that believes these good things are "not for the likes of us", like some cap-wringing caricature from the 1930s.”
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