V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) an artistic work that pokes fun or ridicules; (v.) to poke fun or ridicule

Synonyms: (n.) joke, parody, satire, skit, (v.) ridicule, make fun, satirize

Antonyms: documentary, reenactment

Tips: You may be familiar with the movie production company National Lampoon. National Lampoon has produced movies like "Vacation," which lampooned (made fun of) the typical, family summer vacation in the United States. Lampoon is synonymous with parody. Both words refer to skits that make fun of reality. The verb lampoon is often easier to use than the verb parody. The noun forms of parody and lampoon are almost interchangeable. Use parody to describe a humorous imitation. Use lampoon to describe a more satirical (witty, sarcastic, wry) mimicking or mocking of someone or something.

Usage Examples:

Many thought her lampoon of the Pledge of Allegiance was in poor taste. (joke, mocking) noun

Political artists are known for lampooning the President of the United states. (ridiculing, making fun of) verb

MAD magazine always includes a section that lampoons a popular movie or TV show. (parodies, makes fun of) verb

On Saturday Night Live, they always perform parodies that lampoon political leaders. (parody, ridicule, satirize, make fun of) verb

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