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Lampoon (noun)

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Lampóon. n.s. [Bailey derives it from lampons, a drunken song. It imports, let us drink, from the old French lamper, and was repeated at the end of each couplet at carousals. Trev.] A personal satire; abuse; censure written not to reform but to vex.

They say my talent is satire; if so, it is a fruitful age: they have sown the dragon's teeth themselves, and it is but just they should reap each other in lampoons. Dryden.

Make satire a lampoon. Pope.

Sources: Bailey, Nathan (21) · Dictionnaire de Trévoux (10) · Dryden, John (788) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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