Language and Popular Culture
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- ('kaerIk&schwa.,tjU&schwa.(r)), sb. [a. Fr. caricature, ad. Ital.
caricatura, which it has superseded in English. The stress was, and is often
still, on u, esp. in the verb and derivatives caricaturing, etc.]
In Art. Grotesque or ludicrous representation of persons or
exaggeration of their most characteristic and striking features.
- 1827 MACAULAY Machiav., Ess. (1851) I. 50 The best portraits are
those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
- 1850 LEITCH tr.
Muller's Anc. Art Sect.13. 4 A thorough destruction of beauty and regularity
by exaggerated characterizing is caricature. 1865 WRIGHT (title), History of
Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art.
- transf. of literary description, etc.
1871 FREEMAN Hist. Ess. Ser. I. i. 5 Stories..which..illustrate, if only
by caricature, some real feature in his character.
- A portrait or other artistic representation, in which the
characteristic features of the original are exaggerated with ludicrous
- 1748 H. WALPOLE Let. G. Montagu 25 July, They look like
caricatures done to
- 1788 STORER in Ld. Auckland's Corr. (1861) II. 207 A pleasant
caricature of Lady Archer is lately come out.
- 1826 SYD. SMITH Wks. (1859) II.
88/1 You may draw caricatures of your intimate friends.
- 1883 LLOYD Ebb & Flow
II. 128 His marked features stood out so strongly that it made his face seem
almost like a caricature of himself.
- transf. of literary or ideal representation.
- 1756 Connoisseur No. 114 Their ideal caricatures have perhaps often
represented me lodged at least three stories from the ground.
Ess. Nom. & Realism Wks. (Bohn) I. 254 If you criticise a fine genius, the
odds are that you are..censuring your own caricature of him.
Early Purit. 245 An early Puritan comes down to us as a distorted ca
known only as misrepresented in the next century by profligate wits and
- An exaggerated or debased likeness, imitation, or copy, naturally
or unintentionally ludicrous.
- 1767 SIR T. MEREDITH in Burke's Corr. (1844) I. 129 You are a
St. Thomas, not to believe, till you saw, what I could do in an election.
W. IRVING Wolfert's R. (1855) 166 Where they were served with a caricature of
- 1860 SMILES Self-Help ix. 251 The monkey, that
- attrib. 1845 DARWIN Voy. Nat. vii. (1879) 139 A caricature-likeness
of the Common Swallow.
- 1853 KANE Grinnell Exp. xl. 365 A rough caricature drawing by one of
- Match 2: caricature see prec., v. [f. the sb. Cf. Fr.
caricaturer.] trans. To represent or portray in caricature; to
make a grotesque likeness of.
- 1762-71 H. WALPOLE Vertue's Anecd. Paint. IV. iv. (R.) In revenge
epistle, Hogarth caricatured Churchill under the form of a canonical
1760 LYTTELTON Dial. Dead iv, He could draw an ill face, or caricature a good
one, with a masterly hand.
- 1851 RUSKIN Stones Ven. (1874) I. App. 398 The appointed fate of the
Renaissance architects, to caricature whatever they imitated.
- b transf. and fig. To burlesque.
1749 SMOLLETT Gil Bl. 431 It would be caricaturing the peerage to confer it
- 1862 GOULBURN Pers. Relig. IV. vii. (1873) 307 The Faith once
the saints is grievously caricatured.
Hence (from sb. and vb.) carica'turable a.; caricatured ppl. a.; caricaturely
adv.; caricaturer (= CARICATURIST); caricaturing vbl. sb.; caricaturish a.
(For pronunc. see the sb.)
- 1886 Sat. Rev. 31 July 170 A grotesque and caricaturable
Examiner 5 Apr. 223/1 Those caricatured rogues which give eclat to celebrated
- 1865 Public Opin. 28 Jan. 104 It is the caricatured crinolines that
have brought their originals into disfavour. 1759 MACKLIN Love a la Mode I. i.
- (1793) 10 His manner..has something so caricaturely risible in it.
Monthly Rev. 319 The most eminent Caracaturers of these times.
- 1758 Monthly
Rev. 319 All the humourous effects of the fashionable manner of Caracaturing.
- 1859 DICKENS T. Two Cities II. xiv, With beer-drinking, pipe-smoking,
song-roaring, and infinite caricaturing of woe.
- 1819 Blackw. Mag. V 401 Either that..they are rude or weak,
caricaturish or insufficient.