/lam poohn"/, n.
1. a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.
2. to mock or ridicule in a lampoon: to lampoon important leaders in the government.
[1635-45; < F lampon, said to be n. use of lampons let us guzzle (from a drinking song), impv. of lamper, akin to laper to lap up < Gmc; see LAP3]
Syn. 1. See satire.

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▪ literary form
      virulent satire in prose or verse that is a gratuitous and sometimes unjust and malicious attack on an individual. Although the term came into use in the 17th century from the French, examples of the lampoon are found as early as the 3rd century BC in the plays of Aristophanes, who lampooned Euripides in The Frogs and Socrates in The Clouds. In English literature the form was particularly popular during the Restoration and the 18th century, as exemplified in the lampoons of John Dryden, Thomas Brown, and John Wilkes and in dozens of anonymous satires.

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