lampoon

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Etymology[edit]

From French lampon (satire, mockery, ridicule), built on French lampons (let us drink — a popular refrain for scurrilous songs), from lamper (to quaff, to swig)[1][2].

Littré quotes[3] a satirical song mocking King Jacques II Stuart, fleeing Dublin, in 1691, and returning to France under the escort of Lauzun:
Prenez soin de ma couronne, J'aurai soin de ma personne ;[4]
("Take care of my crown, I will take care of my person")
Lampons ! lampons !

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  • IPA(key): /læmˈpuːn/
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lampoon (plural lampoons)

  1. A written attack or other work ridiculing a person, group, or institution.

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lampoon (third-person singular simple present lampoons, present participle lampooning, simple past and past participle lampooned)

  1. To satirize or poke fun at.

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