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Definitions of Caricature

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

What is a caricature?

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Caricature (noun)

In art or literature, the 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.

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



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


  • parody, satirize, lampoon, make fun of, burlesque, mimic, send up, take off
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  • Moving on from his Hogarthian images of the early 1990s, the elements of caricature have disappeared, although he remains preoccupied with brutalization.
  • He plays the role well without ever going over the top or becoming a caricature, and it creates an extremely sympathetic character.
  • 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

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 the 1680s and was common 18c.
1749, from caricature (n.). Related: Caricatured; caricaturing.
Caricature of Pope Francis by Angineer Ang, Seoul, South Korea
Research: Arifur Rahman, Founder of Toons Mag

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