One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A satire or lampoon, originally one displayed or delivered publicly in a public place.
satire, burlesque, lampoon, pastiche, caricature, take-off, skit, squib, imitation, impression, impersonation, mockery, mimicry, travestyView synonyms
- ‘In process of time these pasquinate or pasquinades tended to become satirical, and the term began to be applied, not only in Rome but in other countries, to satirical compositions and lampoons, political, ecclesiastical, or personal.’
- ‘One of the most famous of these ‘pasquinades’ neatly demonstrates how much Romans care about their heritage, for all their apparent nonchalance.’
- ‘Now that Italian society has become increasingly secularised, and the power of the church has ostensibly decreased, contemporary pasquinades do not, in general, lampoon the Vatican.’
- ‘His pasquinade's origins come from his exploration of what he calls the memoir culture.’
- ‘But there was one noteworthy exception; a pasquinade, that is, something which was stuck up in a public place under cover of darkness, which struck us as genuinely witty; a joke well done.’
Late 16th century: from Italian pasquinata, from Pasquino, the name of a statue in Rome on which abusive Latin verses were posted annually.
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