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From French pasquinade, from Pasquin + -ade, modelled on Italian pasquinata, from Latin pascha, from Hebrew פסח‎.



pasquinade (countable and uncountable, plural pasquinades)

  1. A lampoon, originally as published in public; a satire or libel on someone.
    • 1926, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Penguin 2000, p. 155:
      I thought the whole tale would shortly be served up in racy pasquinade – but Catherine, who might have said anything, didn't say a word.


pasquinade (third-person singular simple present pasquinades, present participle pasquinading, simple past and past participle pasquinaded)

  1. (transitive) To satirize (someone) by using a pasquinade.
    • 1841, Edgar Allan Poe, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue":
      Chantilly was a quondam cobbler of the Rue St. Denis, who, becoming stage-mad, had attempted the rôle of Xerxes, in Crébillon's tragedy so called, and been notoriously Pasquinaded for his pains.