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caricature

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈkær.ɪ.kə.tʃʊər/ us    /ˈker.ɪ.kə.tʃʊr/
(the art of making) a drawing or written or spoken description of someone that usually makes them look silly by making part of their appearance or character more noticeable than it really is: The characters in his early novels are a lot subtler than the overblown caricatures in his more recent work. figurative Over the years he's become a grotesque caricature of himself.

caricature

verb [T] uk   /ˈkær.ɪ.kə.tʃʊər/ us    /ˈker.ɪ.kə.tʃʊr/
to create a caricature: Charles Dickens caricatured lawyers (= represented them in a way which made them look silly) in several of his novels.
caricaturist
noun [C] uk   /ˌkær.ɪ.kəˈtʃʊə.rɪst/ us    /ˌker.ɪ.kəˈtʃʊr.ɪst/
a person who creates caricatures
Translations of “caricature”
in Spanish caricatura…
in French caricature…
in German die Karikatur…
in Chinese (Traditional) 漫畫(藝術), 諷刺畫, 諷刺描述:…
in Russian карикатура…
in Turkish karikatür…
in Chinese (Simplified) 漫画(艺术), 讽刺画, 讽刺描述…
in Polish karykatura…
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