Definition of caricature noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkærɪkətʃʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærɪkətʃər//
    , NAmE//ˈkærɪkətʃʊr//
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  1. 1[countable] a funny drawing or picture of somebody that exaggerates some of their features a cruel caricature of the prime minister
  2. 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. 3[countable] a person who makes themselves seem ridiculous because they exaggerate some of their characteristics The two stars had become caricatures of themselves.
  4. 4[uncountable] the art of drawing or writing caricatures The portrait verged on caricature.
  5. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French, from Italian caricatura, from caricare ‘load, exaggerate’, from Latin carricare, carcare ‘to load’, from Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’. Wordfindercaricature, comedy, funny, joke, parody, pun, sketch, slapstick, spoof, take-offExtra examples 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
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