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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
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
A grotesque caricature of virtue.
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
He could draw an ill face, or caricature a
good one, with a masterly hand.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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