a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place.

verb (used with object), pas·quin·ad·ed, pas·quin·ad·ing.

to assail in a pasquinade or pasquinades.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pasquinade

burlesque, satire, lampoon, farce, parody

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pasquil (ˈpæskwɪl)


an abusive lampoon or satire, esp one posted in a public place

verb -ades, -ading, -aded, -quils, -quilling or -quilled

(tr) to ridicule with pasquinade
Derived Formspasquinader, noun

Word Origin for pasquinade

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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