parody

noun
par·​o·​dy | \ ˈper-ə-dē , ˈpa-rə-\
plural parodies

Definition of parody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule wrote a hilarious parody of a popular song
2 : a feeble or ridiculous imitation a cheesy parody of a classic western

parody

verb
parodied; parodying

Definition of parody (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to compose a parody on parody a poem
2 : to imitate in the manner of a parody

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Other Words from parody

Noun

parodic \ pə-​ˈrä-​dik , pa-​ \ adjective
parodistic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​stik , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

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Noun

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

Examples of parody in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

It was easy to parody the book's fancy language. She parodied her brother's poetry.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Because there are finally trans people — real trans people, not cis actors doing some parody of transness — on my TV screen. Charlie Jane Anders, Teen Vogue, "7 Trans Performers Share the Challenges They Still Face and Their Hopes for the Future," 17 Dec. 2018 Fair Use allows independent creators to upload parodies of songs or completely new remixes without being penalized for copyright infringement. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube’s head of music warns that EU’s Article 13 is detrimental to remixes, fan videos," 1 Nov. 2018 Then, Monday evening, Gotti released an ad from its Twitter account — a seeming parody of political ads — encouraging audiences to see the movie despite critical reception. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "All The Mobster Drama Surrounding John Travolta's Zero Percent Rotten Tomatoes Movie," 19 June 2018 But jokes, memes and eight-minute-long parody songs aside, other Twitter users began to build off of The Ringer's report. The Heat Index, azcentral, "Twitter reacts to story on former Suns GM Bryan Colangelo's possible burner accounts," 30 May 2018 West Side Story star Rita Moreno and parody king Weird Al Yankovic (whom Miranda met years ago and almost collaborated with on a musical) both spoke at the ceremony. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Get His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," 1 Dec. 2018 The trailers for the sequel showcase some humor that has Disney mocking its own image with some very detailed parodies of its own property, but is there a story? Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, November 2018," 6 Sep. 2018 The dinner is an unusual tradition, with costumed reporters performing song parodies before politicians from both parties speak. CBS News, "Trump to roast and be roasted at rare dinner with Washington media," 3 Mar. 2018 The brand may be on to something with this entertaining parody. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Promoted: 5 Ridiculous Moments From Sunday Night's Baffling Old Spice Commercial," 30 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This pastime has evolved to a near-holy tradition, parodied on Saturday Night Live, analyzed in academic papers, and reaffirmed by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 No Logomania: Fall 2017 This collection parodied the mania for writing brand names on products as a selling mechanism by emblazoning its garments—especially soccer scarves, the beginning of that micro-menswear trend—with the word nothing. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "He Put the Man in Lanvin: Saluting Lucas Ossendrijver’s Tenure at the French Label," 15 Nov. 2018 Thus, Israel transitioned from thievery to forgery, using her skills as a researcher and her ability to parody the tone of other writers to craft new letters from prominent figures of the past. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Lee Israel and the Literary Forgeries in Can You Ever Forgive Me?," 12 Sep. 2018 After the performance, Prince Harry also took the stage and sang a few notes, parodying King George III's signature line. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Accidentally Revealed Her Pet Name for Prince Harry and Reacted in the Cutest Way," 31 Aug. 2018 One mom parodied the experience in a video on social media, which people have found so relatable that it’s been viewed over 7.5 million times. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Tennessee mom's school drop-off parody video goes viral," 15 Aug. 2018 Rossini’s score has many delights, especially the parodying patter ensembles that exponentially muddy already muddy waters. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "A little operatic help for newspapers: ‘La Gazzetta’ couldn't be better timed," 30 June 2018 But the musical comedy sketch parodying A Chorus Line, starring Kristin Chenoweth and O’Donnell as rival elves auditioning for a job for Santa, takes the whimsical cake of the evening. Liz Arcury, Marie Claire, "The 8 Best Celebrity Holiday Specials Ever," 29 Nov. 2018 The inexplicable design choice was most famously parodied in a Saturday Night Live sketch where Ryan Gosling obsesses over it, eventually confronting a fictional version of the film’s graphic designer and screaming in the rain. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "James Cameron’s Avatar sequels have finally moved on from Papyrus," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of parody

Noun

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parody

Noun

Latin parodia, from Greek parōidia, from para- + aidein to sing — more at ode

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The first known use of parody was in 1607

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parody

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

parody

verb

English Language Learners Definition of parody (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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