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lampoon

Syllabification: lam·poon
Pronunciation: /lamˈpo͞on
 
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Definition of lampoon in English:

verb

[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

noun

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A speech or text criticizing someone or something in this way: does this sound like a lampoon of student life?
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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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  • The source of English lampoon meaning ‘publicly criticize by using ridicule or irony’ is French lampon. This is said to be from the refrain of popular French drinking songs in the 1600s lampons ‘let us drink!’, from lamper ‘gulp down’.

Derivatives

lampooner

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

lampoonist

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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