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caricatura (feminine noun (la)) — cartoon. Look up caricatura in the dictionary

A veces las caricaturas me hacen reír mucho.
Sometimes the cartoons make me laugh a lot.
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caricatura (feminine noun (la)) — cartoon. Look up caricatura in the dictionary

A veces las caricaturas me hacen reír mucho.
Sometimes the cartoons make me laugh a lot.
¿"Cartoon" no significa "dibujos animados" y "caricature" "caricatura"?
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We use cartoon for dibujos animadas and caricaturas. There were cartoons (drawings - pictures) before there were cartoon animations.
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We use cartoon for dibujos animadas and caricaturas. There were cartoons (drawings - pictures) before there were cartoon animations.
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The caricatures are cartoons?
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The caricatures are cartoons?
No. Although the word caricature exists in English, by and large it is a false cognate with caricatura.

In English, a caricature is a portrait or drawing of a person that is exaggerated and/or distorted for comic effect. For example, caricatures are often used in political cartoons.
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No. Although the word caricature exists in English, by and large it is a false cognate with caricatura.

In English, a caricature is a portrait or drawing of a person that is exaggerated and/or distorted for comic effect. For example, caricatures are often used in political cartoons.
I got it.

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No. Although the word caricature exists in English, by and large it is a false cognate with caricatura.

In English, a caricature is a portrait or drawing of a person that is exaggerated and/or distorted for comic effect. For example, caricatures are often used in political cartoons.
So, caricature means 'caricatura' in Spanish, too.
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So, caricature means 'caricatura' in Spanish, too.
So, it seems that the word cartoon can be equated with dibujo or dibujo animado. Any sort of graphic sketch depicting real or fictionalcharacters, animal or human in the form of a still or moving picture.

However, if such a cartoons depicts deliberate distortions or exaggerated characteristics of a real person (usually famous), for the purpose of comedy, derision or embarrassment we call it a Caricature

Similarly someone impersonating a celebrity can also be depicting
a caricature.

The derivation is interesting. According to Collins English Dictionary, it comes into English from late Latin caricare (meaning to load or carry) via C18 Italian meaning to load or exaggerate. caricatura, car,cargo etc. come from the same root.

To sum up:

Some, but not all cartoons/dibujos are caricatures/caricaturas
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