Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A written attack ridiculing a person, group, or institution. See Synonyms at caricature.
  • n. A light, good-humored satire.
  • transitive v. To ridicule or satirize in or as if in a lampoon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A written attack ridiculing a person, group, or institution.
  • n. A light, good-humored satire.
  • v. To satirize or poke fun at.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A personal satire in writing; usually, malicious and abusive censure written only to reproach and distress.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To subject to abusive ridicule expressed in a work of art; to make (a person, behavior, or institution) the subject of a lampoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To abuse in a lampoon; write lampoons against.
  • n. A sarcastic writing aimed at a person's character, habits, or actions; a personal satire; a sarcastic diatribe; humorous abuse in writing.
  • n. Synonyms Lampoon, Pasquinade, Invective, Satire. The difference between lampoon and pasquinade is not great, but perhaps a lampoon is more malicious, more directly aimed to insult and degrade, while a pasquinade is shorter and of a lighter nature. (See the history of pasquinade, under the definition. See also satire.) An invective is a verbal onslaught, generally spoken but possibly written, designed to bring reproach upon another person, present or absent; as, the invectives of Demosthenes against Philip, of Cicero against Verres, of Queen Margaret against Richard (Shak., Rich. III., i. 3). An invective differs from a satire, in its intensity and in its lack of reformatory purpose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. ridicule with satire
  • n. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

Etymologies

French lampon, perhaps from lampons, let us drink (from a common refrain in drinking songs), first person pl. imperative of lamper, to gulp down, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French lampon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Lucky for Littell he was writing, as it turns out, for an appreciative (French) audience; they seem aware, largely, of the fact that the novel has a right to present its horrors as horrible; its subtle arguments without convenient keys and its jokes quite bitter if the world they lampoon is inarguably cruel.

    Our Stories

  • Thanks for those links :) Obviously I assumed they were 'lampooning' the sort of show I mentioned I'll use the word lampoon at any given opportunity...) it just seems a bit of a random one to choose!

    Fuzz of a Paul-less nature...

  • There was a bitter and personal quarrel and rivalry betwixt the author of this libel, a name which it richly deserves, and Lord President Stair; and the lampoon, which is written with much more malice than art, bears the following motto:

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • While there is no official word about whether its development owes any direct thanks to Roberts 'Hell House Outreach kits -- odds are strong that the lampoon is a more than fitting homage for a profoundly anti-sex, anti-equality message that belongs buried in the dark ages of antiquity.

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  • Joining the lampoon will be the likes of Kim Basinger, Chevy Chase and Ringo Starr.

    There Is Nothing Like This Dame

  • Though Shakespeare was using the word to lampoon the pretentiousness of Elizabethan pedagogues, there was a joy in the cascade of vowels and consonants that beat anything I had heard on television.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Lord President Stair; and the lampoon, which is written with much more malice than art, bears the following motto:

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Lord Rochester's frolics in the character of a mountebank are well known, and the speech which he made upon the occasion of his first turning itinerant doctor, has been often printed; there is in it a true spirit of satire, and a keenness of lampoon, which is very much in the character of his lordship, who had certainly an original turn for invective and satirical composition.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • The so-called lampoon is designed to provoke outrage against Google's perceived privacy intrusions, but some viewers may find the privacy group's tactics even more outrageous.

    E-Commerce Times

  • Mr. Crinklaw also forwarded by e-mail a statement from Chevron that called the lampoon

    NYT > Home Page

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