transitive verb car·i·ca·tured
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.
To represent or imitate in an exaggerated, distorted manner.
Origin: , from Italian caricatura
Origin: , from caricare, to load, exaggerate
Origin: , from Late Latin carricāre
Origin: , from Latin carrus, a Gallic type of wagon; see kers- in Indo-European roots
Related Forms: Word History:
The history of the word caricature
takes us back through the centuries to a time when the Romans occupied Gaul, offering the blessings of civilization to the Gauls but also borrowing from them as well. One such borrowing, the Gaulish word *karros,
meaning “a wagon or cart,” became Latin carrus,
“a Gallic type of wagon.” This Latin word has continued to roll through the English language, giving us car, career, cargo, carry,
among others. Caricature,
another offspring of carrus,
came to us via French from Italian, in which caricatura,
the source of the French word, was derived from Italian caricare,
“to load, burden, or exaggerate.” Caricare
in turn came from Late Latin carricāre,
“to load,” derived from the Romans' Gaulish borrowing carrus.