- caricature [kar′i kə chər, kar′i kəchoor΄]n.[Fr < It caricatura, satirical picture, lit., an overloading < caricare, to load, exaggerate < VL carricare: see CHARGE]1. a picture or imitation of a person, literary style, etc. in which certain features or mannerisms are exaggerated for satirical effect2. the act or art of making such caricatures3. a likeness or imitation that is so distorted or inferior as to seem ludicrousvt.caricatured, caricaturingto depict in or as in a caricaturecaricaturistn.SYN.- CARICATURE refers to an imitation or representation of a person or thing, in drawing, writing, or performance, that ludicrously exaggerates its distinguishing features; BURLESQUE implies the handling of a serious subject lightly or flippantly, or of a trifling subject with mock seriousness; a PARODY ridicules a written work or writer by imitating the style closely, esp. so as to point up its peculiarities or affectations, and by distorting the content nonsensically or changing it to something absurdly incongruous; TRAVESTY, in contrast, implies that the subject matter is retained, but that the style and language are changed so as to give a grotesquely absurd effect; SATIRE refers to a literary composition in which follies, vices, stupidities, and abuses in life are held up to ridicule and contempt; LAMPOON refers to a piece of strongly satirical writing that uses broad humor in attacking and ridiculing the faults and weaknesses of an individual
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.