Lam*poon" (?), n. [F. lampon a drinking song, fr. lampons let us drink, -- the burden of such a song, fr. lamper to guzzle, to drink much and greedily; of German origin, and akin to E. lap to drink. Prob. so called because drinking songs often contain personal slander or satire.]

A personal satire in writing; usually, malicious and abusive censure written only to reproach and distress.

Like her who missed her name in a lampoon, And grieved to find herself decayed so soon. Dryden.


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Lam*poon", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lampooned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Lampooning.]

To subject to abusive ridicule expressed in writing; to make the subject of a lampoon.

Ribald poets had lampooned him. Macaulay.

Syn. -- To libel; defame; satirize; lash.


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