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lampoon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lampoon ridicule with satire "The writer satirized the politician's proposal"
    • n lampoon a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Goats do not eat tin cans, as lampooned in cartoons. They nibble at the cans because they're after the glue on the labels.
    • Lampoon 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."
    • Lampoon Any satire ridiculing or mocking a person, activity, or institution by representing its character or behavior in an exaggerated or grotesque form; the representation may be written, filmed, or performed as a live skit, and may be intended as a severe reproach, or as good-natured humor.
    • v. t Lampoon To subject to abusive ridicule expressed in a work of art; to make (a person, behavior, or institution) the subject of a lampoon. "Ribald poets had lampooned him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lampoon A sarcastic writing aimed at a person's character, habits, or actions; a personal satire; a sarcastic diatribe; humorous abuse in writing.
    • n lampoon Synonyms Lampoon, Pasquinade, Invective, Satire. The difference between lampoon and pasquinade is not great, but perhaps a lampoon is more malicious, more directly aimed to insult and degrade, while a pasquinade is shorter and of a lighter nature. (See the history of pasquinade, under the definition. See also satire.) An invective is a verbal onslaught, generally spoken but possibly written, designed to bring reproach upon another person, present or absent; as, the invectives of Demosthenes against Philip, of Cicero against Verres, of Queen Margaret against Richard (Shak., Rich. III., i. 3). An invective differs from a satire, in its intensity and in its lack of reformatory purpose.
    • lampoon To abuse in a lampoon; write lampoons against.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lampoon lam-pōōn′ a personal satire in writing: low censure
    • v.t Lampoon to assail with personal satire: to satirise:—pr.p. lampōōn′ing; pa.p. lampōōned′
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Lampoons and satires in time will lose their effect, as well as panegyrics.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
As it was, the poor little cripple was whipped at Twyford for lampooning his master.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
Was one of the founders of the Harvard Lampoon.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Thorvald and Vetrlidi the skald made lampoons about Thangbrand, but he slew them both.
"The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)" by Snorri Sturluson
The enemy was lampooned.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
Certain statesmen have been so lampooned by the "hired" libelers that they have been ruined.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
We can all endure to be lampooned.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
Pope and Johnson alike lent their pens to lampoon the minister.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
He lampooned the prince regent, yet he could not alienate the Tories.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
He lampooned Congress; yet he was condoned by the Whigs.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
The king was ignominiously lampooned and placarded.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The playwright had at least Aristophanes' gift of lampoon, though I doubt whether he had a touch of his genius.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
The well-known lampoon of Gray may serve as a specimen of the feeling of the country.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
But hold, she cries, lampooner!
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
Curio the elder, Cicero's lampoon, i., 328.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Burns made many a lampoon upon him, and there they rest, as you see.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth
I was lampooned, caricatured, and paragraphed in the newspapers, in a thousand different ways.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI" by Various
Dull Catholic lampoons and Puritan scurrilities did not pass thus unnoticed.
"Spenser" by R. W. Church
Lampooned by English Caricaturists, 19, 24, 26.
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
Hugh Kelly, who had so often lampooned the poet, was present.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
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In poetry:

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante's feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.
"Be Angry At The Sun" by Robinson Jeffers
But, dear Johnny, as you said, he's just a lampoon,
And as ugly and as ignorant as a wild baboon;
And, as far as I can judge or think,
He is a vendor of strong drink.
"Lines in Reply to the Beautiful Poet Who Welcomed News of McGonagall's Departure from Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Nudity is out for National Lampoon .
Top 5 Scenes From National Lampoon 's Christmas Vacation.
Magna Cum Laude is like walking on to the set of American Pie or a National Lampoon movie.
Puppet drama lampoons Syria's Bashar al-Assad.
But it's true, and the site it describes is none other than TheOnion.com, the scathingly funny lampoon of current events and news coverage thereof.
Christine Duran, D-Denver, portrays House Speaker Amy Stephens, R-Monument, during Hummers, the annual show where the minority party lampoons the majority party at Colorado State Capitol on Monday, May 9, 2011.
Very much in the vein of the old National Lampoon Magazine.
Web site lampoons Skyway jumpers.
Blame it on the Firesign Theater or better yet, "Monty Python," "National Lampoon" and "Saturday Night Live.
The Rice band lampooned the Southeastern Conference at a Sept 3 football game in Austin.
The National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation star had to be carried off the court and taken to hospital after the sporting mishap.
JETS 48, BILLS 28 They were lampooned and mocked for being nothing more than an entertaining summer sideshow.
Grammy-winning "Weird Al" Yankovic stops in Monterey to lampoon pop music.
That was JusticePotter Stewart's vague and oft-lampooned formula for defining obscenity back in 1964, and it was easy to hear its echo last week as the US Supreme Court took a fresh hard look at an entirely different hot-button.
Daily Show lampoons Michigan's 'right-to-work' drama .
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