Lampoon

Definition of Lampoon

Lam`poon´
n.1.A personal satire in writing; usually, malicious and abusive censure written only to reproach and distress.
Like her who missed her name in a lampoon,
And grieved to find herself decayed so soon.
- Dryden.
2.Any satire ridiculing or mocking a person, activity, or institution by representing its character or behavior in an exaggerated or grotesque form; the representation may be written, filmed, or performed as a live skit, and may be intended as a severe reproach, or as good-natured humor.
v. t.1.To subject to abusive ridicule expressed in a work of art; to make (a person, behavior, or institution) the subject of a lampoon.
[imp. & p. p. Lampooned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lampooning.]
Ribald poets had lampooned him.
- Macaulay.

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Atticism, agile wit, black humor, caricature, comedy, dry wit, esprit, farce, hatchet job, hit off on, humor, imitation, irony, malicious parody, mock, mockery, nimble wit, pasquil, pasquin, pasquinade, pastiche, pleasantry, poison pen, pretty wit, put down, quick wit, ready wit, ridicule, run down, salt, sarcasm, satire, satirize, savor of wit, send up, skewer, slapstick, slapstick humor, squib, subtle wit, take off, take off on, take-off, takeoff, travesty, visual humor, wicked imitation, wit
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