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  1. a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place.
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verb (used with object), pas·quin·ad·ed, pas·quin·ad·ing.
  1. to assail in a pasquinade or pasquinades.
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Origin of pasquinade

1585–95; Pasquin (< Italian Pasquino, name given an antique Roman statue unearthed in 1501 that was annually decorated and posted with verses) + -ade1; replacing pasquinata < Italian
Related formspas·quin·ad·er, nounpas·quin·i·an [pas-kwin-ee-uh n] /pæsˈkwɪn i ən/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The author of the pasquinade in question is, I believe, unknown.

    Notes and Queries, Number 139, June 26, 1852


  • A pasquinade printed as a broadside and stuck up in New York city.

  • I told him, he shou'd not try to pasquinade the Source of his Poesy.

  • But how are we to understand the uses of the pasquinade Hymn?

  • The pasquinade or the squib gets a hold on the mind, and in its very drollery will ensure its being retained there.'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

British Dictionary definitions for pasquinade


pasquil (ˈpæskwɪl)

  1. an abusive lampoon or satire, esp one posted in a public place
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verb -ades, -ading, -aded, -quils, -quilling or -quilled
  1. (tr) to ridicule with pasquinade
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Derived Formspasquinader, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Italian Pasquino name given to an ancient Roman statue disinterred in 1501, which was annually posted with satirical verses
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Word Origin and History for pasquinade


"a lampoon," 1650s, from Middle French, from Italian pasquinata (c.1500), from Pasquino, name given to a mutilated ancient statue (now known to represent Menelaus dragging the dead Patroclus) set up by Cardinal Caraffa in his palace in Rome in 1501; the locals named it after a schoolmaster (or tailor, or barber) named Pasquino who lived nearby. A custom developed of posting satirical verses and lampoons on the statue.

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