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 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 Deadpool established Reynolds’ track record as a clever, personable, social media-savvy ad man — remember the Deadpool Bob Ross parody? Alejandra Salazar, refinery29.com, "Ryan Reynolds Perfected The Art Of #SponCon With This Viral Share," 24 June 2019 His citations and quotations come with a density that approaches parody. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "David Brooks’s Moral Journey," 5 June 2019 Park said the most exciting scenes to write were those starring Keanu Reeves, who plays Sasha’s new beau and an outlandish parody of himself. Sonia Rao, Twin Cities, "‘Always Be My Maybe’ is the romantic comedy Randall Park and Ali Wong always wanted to make," 3 June 2019 Her silky mezzo voice had the heft to parody grand opera, and her divinely expressive face carried over-the-top theatrics with no self-consciousness. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Odyssey Opera’s ‘La belle Hélène’ has flair, flaws," 17 June 2019 On YouTube, there’s an infamous canon of influencer-apology videos that have spurred parodies and eye rolls, the exaggerated nature of the videos making them easy targets for poking fun. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "This Is Why Jaclyn Hill, James Charles, and Laura Lee Don't Wear Makeup in Their Apology Videos," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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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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