WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
car•i•ca•ture /ˈkærɪkətʃɚ, -ˌtʃʊr/USA pronunciation   n., v., -tured, -tur•ing. 

  • [countable] a picture exaggerating the special features of a person or thing:The magazine with the caricature of the dictator was banned.
  • [uncountable] the art or process of producing such pictures:a master at caricature.
  • [countable] any imitation so distorted that it is unfair or misleadingly false:The essay was a caricature of real scholarship.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to make a caricature of:caricatured politicians on both the left and the right.
  • See burlesque.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    car•i•ca•ture  (kari kə chər, -chŏŏr′), 
    n., v., -tured, -tur•ing. 

  • 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.
  • the art or process of producing such pictures, descriptions, etc.
  • any imitation or copy so distorted or inferior as to be ludicrous.

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