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[pas-kwuh-neyd] /ˌpæs kwəˈneɪd/
a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place.
verb (used with object), pasquinaded, pasquinading.
to assail in a pasquinade or pasquinades.
Origin of pasquinade
1585-95; Pasquin (< Italian Pasquino, name given an antique Roman statue unearthed in 1501 that was annually decorated and posted with verses) + -ade1; replacing pasquinata < Italian
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pasquinader, noun
[pas-kwin-ee-uh n] /pæsˈkwɪn i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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an abusive lampoon or satire, esp one posted in a public place
verb -ades, -ading, -aded, -quils, -quilling, -quilled
(transitive) to ridicule with pasquinade
Derived Forms
pasquinader, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Italian Pasquino name given to an ancient Roman statue disinterred in 1501, which was annually posted with satirical verses
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Word Origin and History for pasquinade

"a lampoon," 1650s, from Middle French, from Italian pasquinata (c.1500), from Pasquino, name given to a mutilated ancient statue (now known to represent Menelaus dragging the dead Patroclus) set up by Cardinal Caraffa in his palace in Rome in 1501; the locals named it after a schoolmaster (or tailor, or barber) named Pasquino who lived nearby. A custom developed of posting satirical verses and lampoons on the statue.

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