- The definition of caricature means a drawing or description which has features or mannerisms which are exaggerated.
An editorial cartoon in the newspaper is an example of a caricature.
- a picture or imitation of a person, literary style, etc. in which certain features or mannerisms are exaggerated for satirical effect
- the act or art of making such caricatures
- a likeness or imitation that is so distorted or inferior as to seem ludicrous
Origin of caricatureFrench ; from Italian caricatura, satirical picture, literally , an overloading ; from caricare, to load, exaggerate ; from Vulgar Latin carricare: see charge
- a. 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.b. The art of creating such representations.
- A grotesque imitation or misrepresentation: The trial was a caricature of justice.
transitive verbcar·i·ca·tured, car·i·ca·tur·ing, car·i·ca·tures
Origin of caricatureFrench, from Italian caricatura, from caricare, to load, exaggerate, from Late Latin carricāre, from Latin carrus, a Gallic type of wagon; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
caricature (top) by George Sidney Shepherd (1784–1862) and photographic portrait (bottom) of Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen
(third-person singular simple present caricatures, present participle caricaturing, simple past and past participle caricatured)
- To represent someone in an exaggerated or distorted manner.
From French caricature.