- a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.
- to mock or ridicule in a lampoon: to lampoon important leaders in the government.
Origin of lampoon
1635–45; < French lampon, said to be noun use of lampons let us guzzle (from a drinking song), imperative of lamper, akin to laper to lap up < Germanic; see lap3
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1. See satire.
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Examples from the Web for lampoon
I read that you went to Harvard and wrote for the Lampoon there, but how did you break into professional comedy?
His first day back at the Lampoon, he showed a copy of it to Beard.
"He didn't respect his talent," says Michael Gross, the former Lampoon art director, who saw him frequently in California.
When he arrived, carrying nothing but a knapsack, he retrieved his Lampoon credit card from his wallet and broke it in two.
The Lampoon was more than a magazine now; it was a cultural phenomenon.
These were choice morsels from the lampoon of the notary Danckaerts.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.
John Lothrop Motley
Pope and Johnson alike lent their pens to lampoon the minister.History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)
John Richard Green
A lampoon in such an edition and given away by a newsman who knew him!The Hero of the People
You lie in your throat; there is no one dares make a lampoon about Arne of Guldvik.Early Plays
When expletives occur they are generally in the spirit of derision and lampoon.A Cursory History of Swearing
- a satire in prose or verse ridiculing a person, literary work, etc
- (tr) to attack or satirize in a lampoon
C17: from French lampon, perhaps from lampons let us drink (frequently used as a refrain in poems)
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Word Origin and History for lampoon
1650s, from lampoon (n.), or else from French lamponner, from the Middle French noun. Related: Lampooned; lampooning.
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