- a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.
- to mock or ridicule in a lampoon: to lampoon important leaders in the government.
Origin of lampoon
1635–45; < French lampon, said to be noun use of lampons let us guzzle (from a drinking song), imperative of lamper, akin to laper to lap up < Germanic; see lap3
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1. See satire.
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Related Words for lampoonerybanter, burlesque, caricature, causticity, irony, lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, persiflage, put-on, raillery, sarcasm, skit, spoof, takeoff, travesty, wit, witticism
- a satire in prose or verse ridiculing a person, literary work, etc
- (tr) to attack or satirize in a lampoon
Word Origin for lampoon
C17: from French lampon, perhaps from lampons let us drink (frequently used as a refrain in poems)
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1650s, from lampoon (n.), or else from French lamponner, from the Middle French noun. Related: Lampooned; lampooning.
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