parody

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1par·o·dy

noun \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

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

parody

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In literature, a work in which the style of an author is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule. Differing from both burlesque (by the depth of its technical penetration) and travesty (which treats dignified subjects in a trivial manner), parody mercilessly exposes the tricks of manner and thought of its victim and therefore cannot be written without a thorough appreciation of the work it ridicules. Examples date from as early as ancient Greece and occur in nearly all literatures and all periods.

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