car·i·ca·ture (kărĭ-kə-chr′, -chər)
a. A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect.
b. The art of creating such representations.
2. A grotesque imitation or misrepresentation:The trial was a caricature of justice.
tr.v.car·i·ca·tured, car·i·ca·tur·ing, car·i·ca·tures
To represent or imitate in an exaggerated, distorted manner.
[French, fromItaliancaricatura, fromcaricare, to load, exaggerate, fromLate Latincarricāre, fromLatincarrus, a Gallic type of wagon; see kers- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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caricature (top) by George Sidney Shepherd (1784-1862) and photographic portrait (bottom) of Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen
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