A lampooner; also, a lampoon. See Pasquinade. "The Grecian wits, who satire first began, Were pleasant pasquins on the life of man." (Dryden)

Origin: It. Pasquino a mutilated statue at Rome, set up against the wall of the place of the Orsini; so called from a witty cobbler or tailor, near whose shop the statue was dug up. On this statue it was customary to paste satiric papers.

(01 Mar 1998)

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