Definitions of Caricature

Caricature (noun) In art or literature, portrayal of an individual or thing that exaggerates and distorts prominent characteristics so...

Caricature of  Pope Francis by Angineer Ang, Seoul, South Korea

Caricature (noun)

In art or literature, portrayal of an individual or thing that exaggerates and distorts prominent characteristics so as to make them appear ridiculous. Caricature is commonly a medium for satire.

A picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

A caricature of Pope Francis by Angineer Ang (Seoul, South Korea)

synonyms: cartoon, parody, satire, lampoon, burlesque, sendup, takeoff

Caricatured (verb)

make or give a comically or grotesquely exaggerated representation of (someone or something).
He was caricatured on the cover of TV Guide
synonyms: parody, satirize, lampoon, make fun of, burlesque, mimic, send up, take off

Synonyms

noun
  • cartoon, parody, satire, lampoon, burlesque, sendup, takeoff
  • imitation, impersonation

verb
  • parody, satirize, lampoon, make fun of, burlesque, mimic, send up, take off
  • ape

Examples

  • Moving on from his Hogarthian images of the early 1990s, the elements of caricature have disappeared, although he remains preoccupied with brutalisation.
  • He plays the role well without every going over the top or becoming a caricature , and is creates an extremely sympathetic character.
  • A caricature of Pope Francis.
  • ‘It's just fun, almost a caricature version of rockabilly,’ adds the Gutter Demon's bassist Flipper.
  • He looked like a caricature of his normal self.

Word Origin and History for Caricature

n.
1748 (figurative), 1750 (literal), from French caricature (18c.), from Italian caricatura "satirical picture; an exaggeration," literally "an overloading," from caricare "to load, exaggerate," from Vulgar Latin carricare "to load a car". The Italian form had been used in English from 1680s and was common 18c.

v.
1749, from caricature (n.). Related: Caricatured ; caricaturing.

Caricature of Pope Francis by Angineer Ang, Seoul, South Korea

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