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parody

play
noun, par·o·dy \ˈper-ə-dē, ˈpa-rə-\

Simple Definition of parody

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of parody

plural parodies

  1. 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. 2 :  a feeble or ridiculous imitation

parodic play \pə-ˈrä-dik, pa-\ adjective
parodistic play \ˌper-ə-ˈdis-tik, ˈpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of parody in a sentence

  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>.

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parody

verb, par·o·dy

Simple Definition of parody

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of parody

parodiedparodying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to compose a parody on <parody a poem>

  3. 2 :  to imitate in the manner of a parody

Examples of parody in a sentence

  1. It was easy to parody the book's fancy language.

  2. She parodied her brother's poetry.



Circa 1745

First Known Use of parody

circa 1745



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