Definition of lampoon in English:

lampoon

Line breaks: lam|poon
Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn
 
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verb

[with object]
Publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press
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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.
Synonyms

noun

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A speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons
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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.
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)'.

Derivatives

lampooner

noun
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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.

lampoonery

noun
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  • On the show he still refused to play the game, refused to step out of role, to relax into Ross's spree of commentary and lampoonery.
  • But some apt political lampoonery, a dash of adroit physical comedy, a pinch of puppetry and a few saucy tunes give Insanity Fair some entertaining moments.
  • Unfortunately, there's no time for lampoonery as the teams and their mascots click-clack out of the tunnel and line up on either side of the match officials.

lampoonist

noun
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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.

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