a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things: His caricature of the mayor in this morning's paper is the best he's ever drawn.
the art or process of producing such pictures, descriptions, etc.
any imitation or copy so distorted or inferior as to be ludicrous.
to make a caricature of; represent in caricature.
- car·i·ca·tur·a·ble, adjective
- car·i·ca·tur·al, adjective
- car·i·ca·tur·ist, noun
- self-car·i·ca·ture, noun
- sem·i·car·i·ca·tur·al, adjective
- un·car·i·ca·tured, adjective
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How to use caricature in a sentence
This is not intended to be an art book by any means, yet only one image shows his caricatures.Al Hirschfeld: Drawing entertainers with pen and ink, elegance and wit | Michael Cavna | July 30, 2021 | Washington Post
You’re literally a caricature of an old man losing his hearing.
Hulu extended the story line of Margaret Atwood’s antifeminist dystopia The Handmaid’s Tale by remaking its enslaved heroine as a quippy caricature.Pop Culture Is Finally Getting Over the Girlboss Heroine. What Comes Next? | Judy Berman | June 17, 2021 | Time
It’s a series that created the “Friendship” and “Babality” finishing moves, cheeky features that ensure the games never take themselves too seriously, and a reminder that these fighters are all cartoon caricatures.Here’s why the new ‘Mortal Kombat’ movie stars a new, original lead character | Gene Park | April 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Good conflict can be stressful and heated, but it doesn’t collapse into caricature.We Need More 'Good Conflict' in Our Lives. Here's How It Works | Amanda Ripley | April 17, 2021 | Time
Finally, America will have to accept Bill Cosby as a many-sided man, rather than a much-loved pop-culture caricature.
She died before they started shooting season two, and an unflattering caricature was included immediately.
Yet Dr. Phil allowed Kelli Stapleton to turn her daughter into an ugly caricature on his show.The Mommy Blogger Who Tried to Kill Her Autistic Daughter Talks to Dr. Phil | Elizabeth Picciuto | October 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I enjoyed her as purely a villain, even if she was somewhat of caricature.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene | Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Alliance for a Strong America site is like a caricature of what liberals said about Keep America Safe.
Nor did Ethel know that that caricature had been the cause of the black eye that Harry had brought home last summer.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
His look of consternation was exaggerated into a most comical caricature, in order to hide how much of it was real.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
A caricature grotesque and impish, and yet one that no human being could mistake—a caricature by the hand of a master!Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
The uncle was always horrible; he was one of the very ugliest of Spaniards; he was a brutal caricature of the national type.Overland | John William De Forest
I have made it a caricature of a superhuman ass I know—Tomlinson—who thinks he can decorate.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for caricature
a pictorial, written, or acted representation of a person, which exaggerates his characteristic traits for comic effect
a ludicrously inadequate or inaccurate imitation: he is a caricature of a statesman
(tr) to represent in caricature or produce a caricature of
- caricatural, adjective
- caricaturist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for caricature
In art or literature, portrayal of an individual or thing that exaggerates and distorts prominent characteristics so as to make them appear ridiculous. Caricature is commonly a medium for satire.
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