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 nature of Lipton's baritone voice and the studios conversation also made the program a ripe object for parody. Brian Lowry, CNN, "James Lipton, longtime host of 'Inside the Actors Studio,' has died at 93," 2 Mar. 2020 The cover, fittingly, is by R. Sikoryak, a longtime cartoonist with a penchant for parody. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "R. Sikoryak’s “Get the Picture”," 23 Dec. 2019 Sending up all at once Broadway values, the U.S. electoral system and a Chinese mindset both repelled and entranced by American culture is an enticing blueprint for parody — and a daunting proposition for any artist. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "‘Soft Power’ reviews at the Public Theater veer from ‘revolutionary’ to ‘nonsense’," 16 Oct. 2019 Sending up all at once Broadway values, the U.S. electoral system and a Chinese mind-set both repelled and entranced by American culture is an enticing blueprint for parody — and a daunting proposition for any artist. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Ever wondered how China sees America? ‘Soft Power’ offers amusing ideas.," 16 Oct. 2019 The coded phrases employed for black and white football players are familiar to anyone who follows the sport; this rhetoric has been a plot point in Friday Night Lights and fodder for parody in Key and Peele. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Lamar Jackson and the NFL’s Quarterback Double Standard," 20 Sep. 2019 Besides the Scooter diss, Taylor also sprinkled a few more fun tidbits into the vid, including a poster of Mr. Americana, a parody of her Netflix documentary. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift's “The Man” Music Video Features Hidden References, Her Dad, and More," 27 Feb. 2020 But overall, the evening could have been mistaken for a grimly satirical parody of Hollywood awards ceremonies at their navel-gazing and backward-looking worst. The Economist, "In its own image Hollywood looked inwards at the Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 And yet, a quick scan of Amazon Dating's menu bar reveals some...striking differences between the parody and its mothership. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "Meet The Creators Of Amazon Dating, A Parody Site With 10,000 Real Applicants," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For some movie critics, his acting seemed one-dimensional, easily parodied by comics. Washington Post, "Kirk Douglas, whose masculine energy powered scores of film roles, dies at 103," 6 Feb. 2020 The vague clues, including calling herself a Momma Bear and showing glimpses of hockey skates and french fries, caused the judges to guess Candace Cameron Bure, Tonya Harding, and even Tina Fey, who famously parodied the Alaskan politician on SNL. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "Sarah Palin Was the Rapping Bear on 'The Masked Singer' and No One Is Okay," 12 Mar. 2020 The two grim figures hunched over a chessboard in a desolate north-country landscape made for an unforgettable cinematic image, which has been both imitated and parodied. Robert Berkvist, BostonGlobe.com, "Max von Sydow, star of ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Exorcist,’ 90," 9 Mar. 2020 The two grim figures hunched over a chessboard in a desolate north-country landscape made for an unforgettable cinematic image, which has been both imitated and parodied. Robert Berkvist, New York Times, "Max von Sydow, Star of ‘Seventh Seal’ and ‘Exorcist,’ Dies at 90," 9 Mar. 2020 Another sketch also parodied The Bachelor with Watt playing the bachelor interviewing potential loves. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Billboard, "'Saturday Night Live': Host J.J. Watt Parodies 'Frozen,' 'The Bachelor'," 2 Feb. 2020 SlimFast gets parodied on Saturday Night Live, while Soylent gets the cool-guy approval from Anderson Cooper. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Silicon Valley's Dangerous New Obsession With Fasting," 17 Aug. 2019 Jackie Nash and Jacob Bush added terrific comic flair to a French dance that parodied every 19th-century ballet mannerism in good fun. Washington Post, "Atlanta Ballet’s high-tech ‘Nutcracker’ at Kennedy Center is one of the most entertaining out there," 28 Nov. 2019 The scathing, satirical Simpsons that parodied Bill Clinton and the Kennedy family is now reduced to idealizing the Democratic party more than the Democratic party idealizes the Democratic party. Peter Spiliakos, National Review, "The Simpsons and the Cowardice of Tribal Comedy," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parody. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for parody

parody

noun
How to pronounce parody (audio)

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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