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Pasquino
Pasquino in Rome, showing modern pasquinades
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pasquinade

PRONUNCIATION:
(pas-kwuh-NAYD)

MEANING:
noun: A satire or lampoon, especially one displayed in a public place.

ETYMOLOGY:
Before there were Facebook protests and Twitter outcries, people complained publicly by publishing pamphlets and posting flyers. One such tradition was posting anonymous satirical verses and lampoons on an ancient statue in Rome. The locals named this statue Pasquino after a shopkeeper near whose place it had been unearthed. Over time the term came to be applied to any work of satire publicly displayed. Also see the talking statues of Rome.

USAGE:
"Whether these soaps are a pasquinade mocking the education system here or a great landmark in popular culture is a question open to interpretation."
Shweta Teoti; Ekta, a Threat to Women's Education; The Times of India (New Delhi); Oct 26, 2007.

See more usage examples of pasquinade in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If a book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But for God s sake, let us freely hear both sides if we choose. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect, and author (1743-1826)

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