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Definition of "caricature" []

  • A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect. (noun)
  • The art of creating such representations. (noun)
  • A grotesque imitation or misrepresentation: The trial was a caricature of justice. (noun)
  • To represent or imitate in an exaggerated, distorted manner. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "caricature" in a sentence
  • "Ah, dualism; that left-brain/right-brain caricature is a pernicious one, isn't it?"
  • "Certainly, the caricature is a supression of freedom, in the name of protecting it."
  • "The pleasure of the caricature is therefore like that of a voyeur witnessing a sexual aggression against the"