Does anyone pronounce caricature with the emphasis on the 2nd syllable rather than the first? Example: caRIcature vs. CAricature

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    Never on the 2nd syllable. But sometimes with emphasis on the final (4th) syllable - caricaTURE! – Dan Jun 16 '17 at 12:49
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    @Dan I saw an episode of the reality-TV show Botched where a woman had plastic surgery in order to look more like her car-i-ca-chuuuuure (at about 19 seconds in). – Dan Bron Jun 16 '17 at 12:54

The OED only lists one pronunciation, with a primary stress on the first syllable and a secondary stress on the last:

caricature, n. /ˈkarɪkəˌtjʊə/

The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists several variants, but all have the same stress pattern as the OED:

caricature, n. \ˈker-i-kə-ˌchu̇r, -ˌchər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r, -ˈka-ri-\

If you're not familiar with stress markings, the symbol \ˈ\ precedes the syllable with main stress in a word, and the symbol \ˌ\ precedes any syllable with secondary stress.

This is not to say that nobody ever pronounces it this way, but it is not a commonly accepted pronunciation. It may be spoken as an unintentional error, or it may be done for humorous effect.

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