Definition of lampoon in English:


Syllabification: lam·poon
Pronunciation: /lamˈpo͞on


[with object]
  • Publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the senator made himself famous as a pinch-penny watchdog of public spending, lampooning dubious federal projects
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    • Punch, the satirical magazine that lampooned the establishment for more than 150 years, has closed.
    • He was taken by the idea of lampooning the soaps, but was ultimately more interested in satirizing our celebrity-obsessed culture.
    • This man's boldness-or foolhardiness-has been lampooned in the press and joked about all over the world.
    satirize, mock, ridicule, make fun of, caricature, burlesque, parody, tease
    informal roast, send up


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  • A speech or text criticizing someone or something in this way: does this sound like a lampoon of student life?
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    • In one hour, he takes on 50 different caricatures in a flurry of bright-coloured paper cut-outs, all of them elaborate, exaggerated lampoons of familiar icons, moving from one to another like a human flick-book.
    • The result was a wacky lampoon featuring dolls, newspapers, and rolls of tape.
    • An early example of this was Bizarre, a show that seemed intent on shocking, not least by a liberal sprinkling of the f-word in its irreverent sketches and lampoons.
    satire, burlesque, parody, skit, caricature, impersonation, travesty, mockery
    informal send-up, takeoff, spoof



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  • He could almost have written the hymn himself - about himself - the lampooners are saying.
  • I can't wait for the lampooners to go to town on his lower lip-swivelling characteristics.
  • Similarly as a lyricist and polemicist he was both a consistent critic of corporate capitalism (in particular ‘the culture industry’ and organised religion) and a very spiky lampooner of new social movements.


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  • Satire can be as cruel as it likes: cartoonists, lampoonists, Spitting Image - whatever.
  • His apotheosis as a political lampoonist is to be found in what is considered to be by many the best Marx Brothers movie: Duck Soup.


mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid)'.

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