parody

noun
par·​o·​dy | \ ˈper-ə-dē How to pronounce parody (audio) , 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 How to pronounce parodic (audio) , pa-​ \ adjective
parodistic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​stik How to pronounce parodistic (audio) , 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

The memes were created to both parody the rabid intensity of online political fan bases that backed candidates such as Donald Trump and Andrew Yang, and also poke fun at Williamson's frequently ethereal language. Ben Collins, NBC News, "Marianne Williamson's internet fans brace for real momentum after viral debate performance," 31 July 2019 In 2019, donning a mask behind the decks is ripe for parody. Kat Bein, Billboard, "11 DJs Who Wear Masks and the Stories Behind Them," 29 July 2019 The salvation to this parody-ready setup is supposed to be Ricardo Zarate, the preeminent Peruvian chef in Los Angeles, if not the United States. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "At Pikoh, Peruvian superstar chef Ricardo Zarate holds back his fastball for a West L.A. crowd," 24 July 2019 Worry not, for MAD has more than 550 issues packed full of political parodies and edgy humor as source material. Rachel Lerman, USA TODAY, "MAD magazine, a 67-year satirical touchstone, will disappear from newsstands," 4 July 2019 It was supposed to be almost a parody of a talk show. Michael Schneider, chicagotribune.com, "‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher says he can’t talk about Trump much longer," 27 June 2019 The parody site was live for 12 hours and attracted less than 100 followers. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Ohio police department's inability to take a joke may cost it.," 2 July 2019 That decision would eventually lead to the phenomenal 11-year run of The Carol Burnett Show, a seminal variety series that featured elaborate movie-parody sketches and hundreds of guest stars, including White and Reiner. Joe Mcgovern, EW.com, "How four comedy legends were cast in Toy Story 4," 28 June 2019 The show won’t have any trouble selling out, because this ensemble knows what audiences want: song parodies, cheesy costumes, beautiful wilderness photos, frequent jabs at Alaskan weirdness and, of course, that snotty political humor. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Whale Fat Follies’ launches final run with a hint of wistfulness and signature raucous humor," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then, there's Barinholtz’s history of parodying Cook. Sydney Bucksbaum, refinery29.com, "Is Ike Barinholtz's Late Night Character Based On... Dane Cook?," 15 June 2019 The language parodies the back-and-forth style of a Congressional hearing but is personal, inflected with her frustrations that some mysteries may be beyond her ability to solve. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy’ Review: Paranoid Imaginings," 24 Sep. 2018 The relationship was front-and-center again in 2016, at the annual St. Patrick’s Day political roast, where the two showed a video parodying their love story. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "On MBTA, a rare rift between Baker and Walsh," 18 June 2019 Video: #princeharry thanks the audience, cast and crew of @HamiltonMusical for raising money for @Sentebale (hundreds of thousands💰 tonight) & sends himself up by parodying the comedy King George III character. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Just Pretended to Be King George III from Hamilton and I’m Screaming," 30 Aug. 2018 But a popular recurring gag is based on TV commercials done by a local mattress-store owner, whose gangly dance moves are ably parodied by Cameron Morrison. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Farewell to the 'Follies’: Mr. Whitekeys says his shows are ending — for good, this time," 12 June 2019 During the latest episode of the late-night comedy show, Joy and Meghan's fights were mocked on a sketch parodying The View. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Speak Out After 'SNL' Skit," 15 Apr. 2019 The sketch parodied Britain's current Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the tumultuous political climate in the United Kingdom surrounding Brexit. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington Played Winston Churchill in a Hilarious Theresa May Brexit Skit on SNL," 7 Apr. 2019 Set in the medieval kingdom of Dreamland, Disenchantment aims to parody fantasy the way Futurama parodies science fiction. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Disenchantment lacks the magic of Netflix’s other animated originals," 7 Aug. 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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