- 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 caricaturing
What the deuce do you mean by caricaturing my pictures—hay?'The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
It is only fair to say that we had long preceded it by caricaturing Frenchmen.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
We wish we were caricaturing instead of representing things as they are.Natural Law in the Spiritual World
Even when he copies, he makes the thing his own by caricaturing it.
From this time Gillray rarely let pass an opportunity of caricaturing the king.A History of Caricature and Grotesque
- 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 caricaturing
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.