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parody

noun par·o·dy \ ˈper-ə-dē , ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of parody

plural parodies
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

parodic

play \pə-ˈrä-dik, pa-\ adjective

parodistic

play \ˌper-ə-ˈdi-stik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of parody in a Sentence

  1. He has a talent for writing parodies.

  2. a writer with a talent for parody

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Origin and Etymology of parody

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

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

Definition of parody

parodied; parodying
transitive verb
1 :to compose a parody on
  • parody a poem
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.

Recent Examples of parody from the Web

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First Known Use of parody

1733


PARODY Defined for English Language Learners

parody

noun

Definition of parody for English Language Learners

  • : 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


parody

verb

Definition of parody for English Language Learners

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



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