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1parody

noun par·o·dy \ˈper-ə-dē, ˈpa-rə-\

: a piece of writing, music, etc., that imitates the style of someone or something else in an amusing way

: a bad or unfair example of something

plural par·o·dies

Full Definition of PARODY

1
:  a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule
2
:  a feeble or ridiculous imitation
pa·rod·ic \pə-ˈrä-dik, pa-\ adjective
par·o·dis·tic \ˌper-ə-ˈdis-tik, ˈpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of PARODY

  1. He has a talent for writing parodies.
  2. a writer with a talent for parody

Origin of PARODY

Latin parodia, from Greek parōidia, from para- + aidein to sing — more at ode
First Known Use: 1598

Synonym Discussion of PARODY

caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty mean a comic or grotesque imitation. caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject <caricatures of politicians in cartoons>. burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment <a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court>. parody applies especially to treatment of a trivial or ludicrous subject in the exactly imitated style of a well-known author or work <a witty parody of a popular novel>. travesty implies that the subject remains unchanged but that the style is extravagant or absurd <this production is a travesty of the opera>.

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

2parody

verb

: to imitate (someone or something) in an amusing way

parodiedparody·ing

Full Definition of PARODY

transitive verb
1
:  to compose a parody on <parody a poem>
2
:  to imitate in the manner of a parody

Examples of PARODY

  1. It was easy to parody the book's fancy language.
  2. She parodied her brother's poetry.

First Known Use of PARODY

circa 1745

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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