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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. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- [countable] a picture exaggerating the special features of a person or thing:The magazine with the caricature of the dictator was banned.
- the art or process of producing such pictures:[uncountable]a master at caricature.
- any imitation so distorted that it is unfair or misleadingly false:[countable]The essay was a caricature of real scholarship.
- to make a caricature of:caricatured politicians on both the left and the right.
(kar′i kə chər, -chŏŏr′),USA pronunciation n., v., -tured, -tur•ing. n.
- 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.
- to make a caricature of;
represent in caricature.
- 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
- a pictorial, written, or acted representation of a person, which exaggerates his characteristic traits for comic effect
- a ludicrously inadequate or inaccurate imitation
Etymology: 18th Century: from Italian caricatura a distortion, exaggeration, from caricare to load, exaggerate; see cargo
- (transitive) to represent in caricature or produce a caricature of
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