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lampoon

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 FunnyOrDie.com 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
  1. verb
    ridicule with satire
    synonyms: satirise, satirize
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    type of:
    blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast
    subject to laughter or ridicule
  2. noun
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
    synonyms: burlesque, charade, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
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    type of:
    caricature, imitation, impersonation
    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
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