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You have to avoid caricature, at the one end of the spectrum, and sentimentality, at the other; which is not to say that such characters shouldn't be funny part of the time, or that their actions shouldn't evoke genuine feeling.
Robert Boswell

Meaning of "caricature" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CARICATURE

From Italian caricatura a distortion, exaggeration, from caricare to load, exaggerate.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CARICATURE

caricature  [ˈkærɪkəˌtjʊə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CARICATURE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Caricature is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb caricature in English.

WHAT DOES CARICATURE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Caricature

A caricature is a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way. In literature, a caricature is a description of a person using exaggeration of some characteristics and oversimplification of others. Caricatures can be insulting or complimentary and can serve a political purpose or be drawn solely for entertainment. Caricatures of politicians are commonly used in editorial cartoons, while caricatures of movie stars are often found in entertainment magazines. The term is derived from the Italian caricare—to charge or load. An early definition occurs in the English doctor Thomas Browne's Christian Morals, published posthumously in 1716. Expose not thy self by four-footed manners unto monstrous draughts, and Caricatura representations. with the footnote: When Men's faces are drawn with resemblance to some other Animals, the Italians call it, to be drawn in Caricatura Thus, the word "caricature" essentially means a "loaded portrait".

Definition of caricature in the English dictionary

The first definition of caricature in the dictionary is a pictorial, written, or acted representation of a person, which exaggerates his characteristic traits for comic effect. Other definition of caricature is a ludicrously inadequate or inaccurate imitation. Caricature is also to represent in caricature or produce a caricature of.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO CARICATURE

PRESENT

Present
I caricature
you caricature
he/she/it caricatures
we caricature
you caricature
they caricature
Present continuous
I am caricaturing
you are caricaturing
he/she/it is caricaturing
we are caricaturing
you are caricaturing
they are caricaturing
Present perfect
I have caricatured
you have caricatured
he/she/it has caricatured
we have caricatured
you have caricatured
they have caricatured
Present perfect continuous
I have been caricaturing
you have been caricaturing
he/she/it has been caricaturing
we have been caricaturing
you have been caricaturing
they have been caricaturing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I caricatured
you caricatured
he/she/it caricatured
we caricatured
you caricatured
they caricatured
Past continuous
I was caricaturing
you were caricaturing
he/she/it was caricaturing
we were caricaturing
you were caricaturing
they were caricaturing
Past perfect
I had caricatured
you had caricatured
he/she/it had caricatured
we had caricatured
you had caricatured
they had caricatured
Past perfect continuous
I had been caricaturing
you had been caricaturing
he/she/it had been caricaturing
we had been caricaturing
you had been caricaturing
they had been caricaturing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will caricature
you will caricature
he/she/it will caricature
we will caricature
you will caricature
they will caricature
Future continuous
I will be caricaturing
you will be caricaturing
he/she/it will be caricaturing
we will be caricaturing
you will be caricaturing
they will be caricaturing
Future perfect
I will have caricatured
you will have caricatured
he/she/it will have caricatured
we will have caricatured
you will have caricatured
they will have caricatured
Future perfect continuous
I will have been caricaturing
you will have been caricaturing
he/she/it will have been caricaturing
we will have been caricaturing
you will have been caricaturing
they will have been caricaturing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would caricature
you would caricature
he/she/it would caricature
we would caricature
you would caricature
they would caricature
Conditional continuous
I would be caricaturing
you would be caricaturing
he/she/it would be caricaturing
we would be caricaturing
you would be caricaturing
they would be caricaturing
Conditional perfect
I would have caricature
you would have caricature
he/she/it would have caricature
we would have caricature
you would have caricature
they would have caricature
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been caricaturing
you would have been caricaturing
he/she/it would have been caricaturing
we would have been caricaturing
you would have been caricaturing
they would have been caricaturing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you caricature
we let´s caricature
you caricature
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to caricature
Past participle
caricatured
Present Participle
caricaturing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CARICATURE


acture
ˈæktjʊə
armature
ˈɑːmətjʊə
calenture
ˈkælənˌtjʊə
colorature
ˈkɒlərəˌtjʊə
confiture
ˈkɒnfɪˌtjʊə
crenature
ˈkrɛnəˌtjʊə
Gargantua
ɡɑːˈɡæntjʊə
immature
ˌɪməˈtjʊə
magistrature
ˈmædʒɪstrəˌtjʊə
mantua
ˈmæntjʊə
mature
məˈtjʊə
monture
ˈmɒntjʊə
overture
ˈəʊvəˌtjʊə
parture
ˈpɑːtjʊə
prefecture
ˈpriːfɛkˌtjʊə
premature
ˌprɛməˈtjʊə
prompture
ˈprɒmptjʊə
tainture
ˈteɪntjʊə
Tyr
tjʊə
Tyrr
tjʊə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CARICATURE

caribe
Cariboo
Cariboo Mountains
caribou
Caribou Inuit
caricatura
caricatural
caricaturist
CARICOM
caried
caries
CARIFTA
carillon
carillonist
carillonned
carillonneur
carillonning
carina
carinae
carinal

WORDS THAT END LIKE CARICATURE

adventure
by nature
candidature
creature
curvature
feature
human nature
legislature
literature
miniature
Mother Nature
nature
nomenclature
ossature
room temperature
signature
special feature
State legislature
stature
temperature
the course of nature

Synonyms and antonyms of caricature in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CARICATURE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «caricature» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of caricature

Translation of «caricature» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CARICATURE

Find out the translation of caricature to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of caricature from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «caricature» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

漫画
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

caricatura
570 millions of speakers

English

caricature
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कार्टून
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الكاريكاتير
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

карикатура
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

caricatura
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ব্যঙ্গচিত্র
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

caricature
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Karikatur
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Karikatur
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

風刺漫画
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

캐리커처
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Karikatur
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

vẻ mạn họa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கேலிச்சித்திர
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

व्यंगचित्र
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

karikatür
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

caricatura
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

karykatura
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

карикатура
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

caricatură
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καρικατούρα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

karikature
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

karikatyr
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

karikatur
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of caricature

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CARICATURE»

The term «caricature» is quite widely used and occupies the 27.103 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CARICATURE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «caricature» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «caricature» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about caricature

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10 QUOTES WITH «CARICATURE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word caricature.
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David Axelrod
I came to the conclusion months ago, and I said it to members of Congress, that the only way people are going to fully appreciate what this reform is if we pass it and implement it and it becomes not a caricature but a reality, and I still believe that. So I think it will be easier to sell it moving forward than it was to this point.
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Carl Barks
I've always looked upon the Ducks as caricature human beings. Perhaps I've been years writing in that middle world that J.R.R. Tolkien describes, and never knew it.
3
Bernard Berenson
You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature.
4
Robert Boswell
You have to avoid caricature, at the one end of the spectrum, and sentimentality, at the other; which is not to say that such characters shouldn't be funny part of the time, or that their actions shouldn't evoke genuine feeling.
5
Alastair Campbell
My public caricature - that of a self-confident alpha male - is only partly accurate.
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Joseph Conrad
A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.
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Pete Docter
In some ways, I feel like the strength of animation is in its simplicity and caricature, and in reduction. It's like an Al Hirschfeld caricature, where he'll use, like, three lines, and he'll capture the likeness of someone so strongly that it looks more like them than a photograph. I think animation has that same power of reduction.
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Lena Dunham
It's very easy for me to say what success is. I think success is connecting with an audience who understands you and having a dialogue with them. I think success is continuing to push yourself forward creatively and not sort of becoming a caricature of yourself.
9
Martin Fleischmann
I am a caricature of what British science is about in the way I work.
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Rolf Harris
When I draw my caricature self-portrait, I always do a huge smile.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CARICATURE»

Discover the use of caricature in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to caricature and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny ...
Multitudes of finished caricatures are augmented by diagrams, reference photos, and process drawings. Most of these are titled with silly puns, lending a lighthearted MAD touch to this seriously instructive volume.
‎2011
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Caricature
"Caricature" includes semi-autobiographical tales of lost youth, featuring the title story, "Caricature" about an itinerant caricaturist who fails to find love -- or much of anything -- on the road.
Daniel Clowes, 1998
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Censorship of Political Caricature in Nineteenth-century France
This work is an account of the struggle over freedom of caricature in France during the period between 1815 and 1914.
Robert Justin Goldstein, 1989
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The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, ...
Former Disney animator offers expert advice, with over 700 illustrations, on drawing dogs, cats, deer, foxes, rabbits, more. Line, brush technique, mood, action, more.
Ken Hultgren, 1951
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Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity, and Individualism ...
"This book is the first to examine the meaning encoded in the very form of caricature, and to explain its rise as a consequence of the emergence of modernity, especially the modern self."--BOOK JACKET.
Amelia Faye Rauser, 2008
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Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine
Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sept. 13, 2011-Mar. 4, 2012.
Constance C. McPhee, 2011
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The Art of Caricature
Mitchell Smith's classic 1941 work presents a series of lessons covering all aspects of the art of caricaturing. [Facsimile reprint]
Mitchell Smith, 2007
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Cartooning, Caricature and Animation Made Easy
The art of caricature is becoming more popular daily. There are really two kinds of caricature: the cartoon and the illustration. The cartoon caricature is usually an exaggerated portrayal of the physical characteristics alone, while the illustrative ...
Chuck Thorndike, 2012
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Caricature and French Political Culture 1830-1848 : Charles ...
This book is the first full scholarly study of the structure of the illustrated press in the 1830s, its contribution to political debate in France, the dissemination of caricature and its potential as political propaganda, and the links ...
David S. Kerr, 2000
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Caricature Carvers Showcase: 50 of the Best Designs and ...
Discover the award-winning work of the Caricature Carvers of America. Features 50 original patterns along with biographies, carving techniques, and painting tips.
‎2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CARICATURE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term caricature is used in the context of the following news items.
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Pope urges LatAm to unite and spread faith on continent
"Proselytism is a caricature of evangelization." The Mass featured readings in Quichua, the native language mostly spoken in Ecuador, and ... «WRAL.com, Jul 15»
2
Asian Immigrants on TV Are Starting to Get Some Respect
At first glance, Chang's character descends from a mostly disavowed form of Asian caricature: a "fobby" (a term used by Asian-Americans to ... «Vulture, Jul 15»
3
Labour's next Labour leader must tackle the "Granny problem"
This caricature couldn't be further from the vibrancy and dynamism that characterises the lives of so many older citizens. Forget New Labour. «New Statesman, Jul 15»
4
Why Films About Musicians Leave So Much Music Off Screen
... the specter of white appropriation of black musical styles, which for all of Winehouse's clear musicality still often surfaces as caricature, in the ... «NPR, Jul 15»
5
Berlin Philharmonic Introduces Kirill Petrenko, New Chief Conductor …
... music, the conversation then veered towards anti-Semitism, going so far as to compare Petrenko to a "tiny gnome, the Jewish caricature.". «Classicalite, Jul 15»
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'Unnoticeables' Is A Raunchy Ride Through Punk, Horror And Pop …
In particular, Carey's character is such an outlandish caricature of the Sid Vicious-archetype punk rocker that his drunken, destructive ... «WPSU, Jul 15»
7
Malcolm Turnbull warns against overstating threat of Islamic State
... threats to national security from the Islamic State (IS) militant group, warning against turning the counter-terrorism debate into a "caricature". «ABC Online, Jul 15»
8
'BBHMM': Rihanna's New Video Does Exactly What It's Supposed To
The “fantasy” component of this particular version is heightened by the total caricature of the victims and the fur-bikini swagger of the heroes. «The Atlantic, Jul 15»
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Blockbuster of a wedding as Barrow Minions fans tie the knot
Mr Thomas, a BAE team leader, even had his leg tattooed with a Minion bride and groom caricature resembling his bride and himself before the ... «NW Evening Mail, Jul 15»
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Disney Infinity 3.0 developer discusses bringing iconic Star Wars …
There was a fine line when creating her caricature, as it's very easy to push too far and lose the appeal. When talking with Lucasfilm about Leia, ... «Entertainment Weekly, Jul 15»

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