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[pas-kwuh-neyd] /ˌpæs kwəˈneɪd/

a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place.
verb (used with object), pasquinaded, pasquinading.
to assail in a pasquinade or pasquinades.
an abusive lampoon or satire, esp one posted in a public place
verb -ades, -ading, -aded, -quils, -quilling, -quilled
(transitive) to ridicule with pasquinade

“a lampoon,” 1650s, from Middle French, from Italian pasquinata (c.1500), from Pasquino, name given to a mutilated ancient statue (now known to represent Menelaus dragging the dead Patroclus) set up by Cardinal Caraffa in his palace in Rome in 1501; the locals named it after a schoolmaster (or tailor, or barber) named Pasquino who lived nearby. A custom developed of posting satirical verses and lampoons on the statue.


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