lampoon definition

  • noun:
    • A written attack ridiculing an individual, team, or organization. See Synonyms at caricature.
    • A light, good-humored satire.
    • A written attack ridiculing people, team, or establishment.
    • A light, good-humored satire.
    • A personal satire written down; usually, malicious and abusive censure written simply to reproach and distress.
    • Any satire ridiculing or mocking a person, activity, or establishment by representing its character or behavior in an exaggerated or grotesque kind; the representation might be written, filmed, or performed as a live skit, and could be meant as a severe reproach, or as good-natured humor.
    • A sarcastic writing targeted at someone's character, habits, or actions; an individual satire; a sarcastic diatribe; humorous abuse on paper.
    • Synonyms Lampoon, Pasquinade, Invective, Satire. The difference between lampoon and pasquinade just isn't great, but possibly a lampoon is much more malicious, much more straight aimed to insult and degrade, while a pasquinade is reduced and of a lighter nature. (See the history of pasquinade, in meaning. See additionally satire.) An invective is a verbal onslaught, usually spoken but perhaps written, made to bring reproach upon someone, current or missing; since, the invectives of Demosthenes against Philip, of Cicero against Verres, of Queen Margaret against Richard (Shak., deep. III., i. 3). An invective differs from a satire, with its strength plus in its lack of reformatory purpose.
    • a composition that imitates or misrepresents a person's design, typically in a humorous means
  • verb-transitive:
    • To ridicule or satirize in or just as if in a lampoon.
    • To susceptible to abusive ridicule expressed in a-work of art; to create (an individual, behavior, or organization) the main topic of a lampoon.
  • verb:
    • To satirize or poke fun at.
    • ridicule with satire
  • others:
    • To abuse in a lampoon; write lampoons against.

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