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Lampoon Definition

Scurrilous, satirical poem e.g. John Wilmot's famous epitaph for Charles II:


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Other Lampoon Definition

[n] a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
[v] ridicule with satire; "The writer satirized the politician's proposal"

Misc. Definitions

\Lam*poon"\, n. [F. lampon a drinking song, fr. lampons let us drink, -- the burden of such a song, fr. lamper to guzzle, to drink much and greedily; of German origin, and akin to E. lap to drink. Prob. so called because drinking songs often contain personal slander or satire.] A personal satire in writing; usually, malicious and abusive censure written only to reproach and distress. Like her who missed her name in a lampoon, And grieved to find herself decayed so soon. --Dryden.
\Lam*poon"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lampooned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lampooning}.] To subject to abusive ridicule expressed in writing; to make the subject of a lampoon. Ribald poets had lampooned him. --Macaulay. Syn: To libel; defame; satirize; lash.

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