Car"i*ca*ture (?), n. [It. caricatura, fr. caricare to charge, overload, exaggerate. See Charge, v. t.]


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


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.

[Formerly written caricatura.]

The truest likeness of the prince of French literature will be the one that has most of the look of a caricature. I. Taylor.

A grotesque caricature of virtue. Macaulay.


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Car"i*ca*ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caricatured (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Caricaturing.]

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

He could draw an ill face, or caricature a good one, with a masterly hand. Lord Lyttelton.


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