Definition• 1. exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics• 2. a representation especially in literature or art that has the qualities of caricature• 3. a distortion so gross as to seem like caricature http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caricature
Examples• Mr. Chadband is a large yellow man, with a fat smile, and a general appearance of having a good deal of train oil in his system. Mrs. Chadband is a stern, severe-looking, silent woman. Mr. Chadband moves softly and cumbrously, not unlike a bear who has been taught to walk upright. He is very much embarrassed about the arms, as if they were inconvenient to him, and he wanted to grovel; is very much in a perspiration about the head; and never speaks without first putting up his great hand, as delivering a token to his hearers that he is going to edify them. – Charles Dickens http://grammar.about.com/od/c/g/Caricature-term.htm
Origin• From the Italian word caricatura meaning act of loading.
In Art• Caricatures are most commonly found in art, you can get a caricature of your self in almost every big city.
Caricature Vs.Character sketch• Caricatures and character sketches are similar, however, caricatures distort features to describe personalities, feeling etc. Whereas character sketches just describe the pure look of a character.