Caricature

cari·ca·ture [caricature caricatures caricatured caricaturing] noun, verb BrE [ˈkærɪkətʃʊə(r)]
NAmE [ˈkærɪkətʃər]
NAmE [ˈkærɪkətʃʊr]
noun
1. countable a funny drawing or picture of sb that exaggerates some of their features
a cruel caricature of the prime minister
2. countable a description of a person or thing that makes them seem ridiculous by exaggerating some of their characteristics
He had unfairly presented a caricature of my views.
3. uncountable the art of drawing or writing caricatures
The portrait verged on caricature.
Word Origin:
mid 18th cent.: from French, from Italian caricatura, from caricare ‘load, exaggerate’, from Latin carricare, carcare ‘to load’, from Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.
Example Bank:
She draws caricatures of well-known politicians.
The film gives a crude caricature of African history.
The two stars have become crude caricatures of themselves.
a caricature of Sherlock Holmes
Derived Word: caricaturist
verb often passive ~ sb/sth (as sth)
to produce a caricature of sb; to describe or present sb as a type of person you would laugh at or not respect
She was unfairly caricatured as a dumb blonde.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
mid 18th cent.: from French, from Italian caricatura, from caricare ‘load, exaggerate’, from Latin carricare, carcare ‘to load’, from Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.

WordNet Dictionary:
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noun
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
Syn: imitation, impersonation
- The drawing caricatured the President
Syn: ape

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.An exaggeration, or distortion by exaggeration, of parts or characteristics, as in a picture.
2.A picture or other figure or description in which the peculiarities of a person or thing are so exaggerated as to appear ridiculous; a burlesque; a parody.
The truest likeness of the prince of French literature will be the one that has most of the look of a caricature.
A grotesque caricature of virtue.
v. t.1.To make or draw a caricature of; to represent with ridiculous exaggeration; to burlesque.
[imp. & p. p. Caricatured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Caricaturing.]
He could draw an ill face, or caricature a good one, with a masterly hand.

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