When you make fun of something by imitating it in a humorous way, you're lampooning it. The writers at The Onion, Saturday Night Live and are all experts in the art of the lampoon.

Lampoon can be both a verb and a noun. To lampoon is ridicule. A lampoon is a parody or satire. Imagine you were frustrated by having your allowance reduced, so you wrote a funny play portraying mom and dad as dictators extracting lots of unfair taxes from their people. That's lampooning. And it probably won't help your allowance situation.

Definitions of lampoon

v ridicule with satire

satirise, satirize
Type of:
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast
subject to laughter or ridicule

n a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

burlesque, charade, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
Type of:
caricature, imitation, impersonation
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

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