What does Caricature mean?

Definitions for Caricature
ˈkær ɪ kə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊərCar·i·ca·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caricature, imitation, impersonationverb

    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

  2. caricature, apeverb

    represent in or produce a caricature of

    "The drawing caricatured the President"


  1. caricaturenoun

    A pictorial representation of someone in which distinguishing features are exaggerated for comic effect.

  2. caricaturenoun

    A grotesque misrepresentation.

  3. caricatureverb

    To represent someone in an exaggerated or distorted manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caricatureverb

    an exaggeration, or distortion by exaggeration, of parts or characteristics, as in a picture

    Etymology: [It. caricatura, fr. caricare to charge, overload, exaggerate. See Charge, v. t.]

  2. Caricatureverb

    a picture or other figure or description in which the peculiarities of a person or thing are so exaggerated as to appear ridiculous; a burlesque; a parody

    Etymology: [It. caricatura, fr. caricare to charge, overload, exaggerate. See Charge, v. t.]

  3. Caricatureverb

    to make or draw a caricature of; to represent with ridiculous exaggeration; to burlesque

    Etymology: [It. caricatura, fr. caricare to charge, overload, exaggerate. See Charge, v. t.]


  1. Caricature

    A caricature is a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way. see also: politics In literature, a caricature is a description of a person using exaggeration of some characteristics and oversimplification of others. A caricature is the satirical illustration of a person or a thing, but a cartoon is the satirical illustration of an idea. Caricatures can be insulting or complimentary and can serve a political purpose or be drawn solely for entertainment. Caricatures of politicians are commonly used in editorial cartoons, while caricatures of movie stars are often found in entertainment magazines. The term is derived from the Italian caricare—to charge or load. An early definition occurs in the English doctor Thomas Browne's Christian Morals, published posthumously in 1716. with the footnote: Thus, the word "caricature" essentially means a "loaded portrait". According to School of Visual Arts caricature instructor Sam Viviano, the term refers only to depictions of real-life people, and not to cartoon fabrications of fictional characters, which do not possess objective sets of physiognomic features to draw upon for reference, or to anthropomorphic depictions of inanimate objects such as automobiles or coffee mugs. Walt Disney, on the other hand, equated his animation to caricature, saying the hardest thing to do was find the caricature of an animal that worked best as a human-like character.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caricature

    kar′i-ka-tūr, n. a likeness of anything so exaggerated or distorted as to appear ridiculous.—v.t. to turn into ridicule by overdoing a likeness: to burlesque. Formerly spelt Caricatū′ra.—n. Caricatur′ist, one who caricatures. [It. caricaturacarricare, to load, from root of Car.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Caricature in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Caricature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Caricature in a Sentence

  1. Laurent Sourisseau:

    We have done our job, we have defended the right to caricature.

  2. Theo Francken:

    Many of these people pay 10,000 euros ($11,000) to get here. It's naive to say they have not 50 euros for a hotel room. It's a caricature to see them as completely penniless.

  3. Mark Leibovich:

    Clinton will probably get attacked and baited by one of the others...She is accustomed to this, and will be prepared and knows how to handle herself, she just needs to hit her notes, remind everyone that she's a competent and possibly historic figure -- and better than the campaign she has run to this point, not to mention the caricature that her opponents have perpetuated.

  4. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel:

    Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.

  5. Mickey Mehta:

    Today life is going through unstable paces, animals slaved in cages and food exhibited in show-cases. We eat trash, our language is brash, life is a dash and humanity is about to crash. Black is cash, party is a bash and cleansing is just a splash. Wake up, come back to nature or else a human being will just be reduced to a caricature . Let your life be naturalized, get MickeyMized.

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    • A. cleave
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    • C. loom
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