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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
car•i•ca•ture /ˈkærɪkətʃɚ, -ˌtʃʊr/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -tured, -tur•ing. 
  1. [countable] a picture exaggerating the special features of a person or thing:The magazine with the caricature of the dictator was banned.
  2. the art or process of producing such pictures:[uncountable]a master at caricature.
  3. any imitation so distorted that it is unfair or misleadingly false:[countable]The essay was a caricature of real scholarship.

v. [+ object]
  1. to make a caricature of:caricatured politicians on both the left and the right.
    See burlesque.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
car•i•ca•ture  (kari kə chər, -chŏŏr′),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -tured, -tur•ing. 
  1. a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things:His caricature of the mayor in this morning's paper is the best he's ever drawn.
  2. the art or process of producing such pictures, descriptions, etc.
  3. any imitation or copy so distorted or inferior as to be ludicrous.

  1. to make a caricature of;
    represent in caricature.
cari•ca•tur•a•ble, adj. 
car′i•ca•tural, adj. 
cari•ca•tur•ist, n. 
  • Italian, equivalent. to caricat(o) loaded, i.e., distorted (past participle of caricare; see charge) + -ura -ure
  • earlier caricatura 1740–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cartoon. See  burlesque. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged travesty.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

caricature /ˈkærɪkəˌtjʊə/ n
  1. a pictorial, written, or acted representation of a person, which exaggerates his characteristic traits for comic effect
  2. a ludicrously inadequate or inaccurate imitation
  1. (transitive) to represent in caricature or produce a caricature of
Etymology: 18th Century: from Italian caricatura a distortion, exaggeration, from caricare to load, exaggerate; see cargo

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