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  • a pictorial representation of someone in which distinguishing features are exaggerated for comic effect
  • a grotesque misrepresentation
  • to represent someone in an exaggerated or distorted manner
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Car"i*ca*ture (?), n. [It. caricatura, fr. caricare to charge, overload, exaggerate. See Charge, v. t.] 1. An exaggeration, or distortion by exaggeration, of parts or characteristics, as in a picture.

2. A picture or other figure or description in which the peculiarities of a person or thing are so exaggerated as to appear ridiculous; a burlesque; a parody. [Formerly written caricatura.]

The truest likeness of the prince of French literature will be the one that has most of the look of a caricature.
I. Taylor.

A grotesque caricature of virtue.
Macaulay.

Car"i*ca*ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caricatured (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Caricaturing.] To make or draw a caricature of; to represent with ridiculous exaggeration; to burlesque.

He could draw an ill face, or caricature a good one, with a masterly hand.
Lord Lyttelton.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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