What does caricature mean?

caricature meaning in General Dictionary

An exaggeration or distortion by exaggeration of parts or faculties like in a photo

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  • to create or draw a caricature of to portray with absurd exaggeration to burlesque
  • a representation of a person that is overstated for comic impact
  • express in or produce a caricature of
  • An exaggeration, or distortion by exaggeration, of parts or faculties, like in an image.
  • an image or other figure or description in which the peculiarities of someone or thing are exaggerated as to appear absurd; a burlesque; a parody.
  • To make or draw a caricature of; to portray with absurd exaggeration; to burlesque.

caricature meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1748 (figurative), 1750 (literal), from French caricature (18c.), from Italian caricatura "satirical image; an exaggeration," actually "an overloading," from caricare "to weight; exaggerate," from Vulgar Latin carricare "to weight a vehicle" (see charge (v.)). The Italian kind was in fact used in English from 1680s and had been typical 18c.

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  • 1749, from caricature (n.). Associated: Caricatured; caricaturing.

Sentence Examples with the word caricature

Protestant writers once contented themselves with a brief caricature of the Church, Position of Object.

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