- 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 caricatures
Sometimes there would be caricatures in which his body was swallowed up by his boots.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
She wants to puncture all of the caricatures that blunt the harsh reality of Eichmann.Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography
October 11, 2014
Because caricatures break down when you see over-heated political passions with a sense of perspective.Scaife v. Clinton and the Dangers of Demonization
July 7, 2014
The caricatures of people living and dead (career-wise) are only part of its charm.Newsweek Takedown From Beyond the Grave: Michael Hastings’s Fiction Tells the Truth
June 18, 2014
Why are all these Hillary Clinton caricatures suddenly showing up on the big screen?Hollywood's Obsession With Hillary Clinton-Like Villains, From 'Divergent' to 'The Hunger Games'
March 21, 2014
Nor did he degrade his art by caricatures drawn in hotel bars.The Incomplete Amorist
The ladies got a birdseye view of his caricatures in progress.
In this case it took the shape of my caricatures of the Royal Academy, 1889.
He was wild in his caricatures, but very sane in his impressions.Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens
G. K. Chesterton
"No, I have never seen any French caricatures," she answered.A Soldier of the Legion
C. N. Williamson
- 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 caricatures
1749, from caricature (n.). Related: Caricatured; caricaturing.
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.
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.