Definition of pasquinade in English:

pasquinade

Syllabification: pas·quin·ade
Pronunciation: /ˌpaskwəˈnād
 
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noun

A satire or lampoon, originally one displayed or delivered publicly in a public place.
More example sentences
  • In process of time these pasquinate or pasquinades tended to become satirical, and the term began to be applied, not only in Rome but in other countries, to satirical compositions and lampoons, political, ecclesiastical, or personal.
  • Now that Italian society has become increasingly secularised, and the power of the church has ostensibly decreased, contemporary pasquinades do not, in general, lampoon the Vatican.
  • One of the most famous of these ‘pasquinades’ neatly demonstrates how much Romans care about their heritage, for all their apparent nonchalance.

Origin

late 16th century: from Italian pasquinata, from Pasquino, the name of a statue in Rome on which abusive Latin verses were posted annually.

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