- 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.
Origin of caricature
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Examples from the Web for caricature
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 Alliance for a Strong America site is like a caricature of what liberals said about Keep America Safe.The Cheneys’ Permanent War
June 18, 2014
I love how blindly optimistic she manages to be, without turning into a caricature.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2: The Finest, Funniest, and Most Terrifying Moments of Eps. 1-6
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
June 12, 2014
No, Anders is not a caricature, and given current attitudes toward wealth, that is a small miracle.Ted Thompson’s Debut Novel Features A 1 Percenter As Its Hero
May 6, 2014
The role of the church is, quite properly, examined, but care has been taken not to caricature what happened.Dame Judi Dench on Playing the Inspiring Philomena
Dame Judi Dench
November 22, 2013
Caricature, by the way, is a branch of Georgian Art which M. Rouquet neglects.De Libris: Prose and Verse
This caricature of me had just appeared, and had been the delight of idle folks.My Double Life
I may not dally on my way, turning to the right and the left for beauty and caricature.
It is something, Eve, though it end in wishes, or even in caricature.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
If a politician were not a caricature by nature, I made him one.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- a pictorial, written, or acted representation of a person, which exaggerates his characteristic traits for comic effect
- a ludicrously inadequate or inaccurate imitationhe is a caricature of a statesman
- (tr) to represent in caricature or produce a caricature of
Word Origin and History for caricature
1748 (figurative), 1750 (literal), from French caricature (18c.), from Italian caricatura "satirical picture; an exaggeration," literally "an overloading," from caricare "to load, exaggerate," from Vulgar Latin carricare "to load a car" (see charge (v.)). The Italian form had been used in English from 1680s and was common 18c.
1749, from caricature (n.). Related: Caricatured; caricaturing.
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.