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 parody (audio) , pa-​ \ adjective
parodistic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​stik How to pronounce parody (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 Saturday Night Live video that popped into this list, is actually both a parody and crypto explainer video featuring cast members Pete Davidson and Chris Redd and hip hop star Jack Harlow. David Bloom, Forbes, "Jukin, Night Media Partner On NFT Service For Viral Videos," 27 Apr. 2021 The Rosie O Donnell show, an elaborate Fiddler on the Roof parody, a cameo from a future president/insurrectionist. Rebecca Caplan, Vulture, "15 Essential Episodes of The Nanny," 23 Apr. 2021 Nordly writers and editors say one goal of the site is to make sure the parody punches up, not down. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Online publication the Nordly makes fun of Minnesota because, well, someone has to," 19 Apr. 2021 Blond Superman, Mustached Superman, Superman if Josh Duhamel Looked Like Santa: Call it parody or homage, but there's a depressing sameness here. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow?," 12 Apr. 2021 Mocking Washington crossing the Delaware – as well as Washington Crossing the Delaware –with his shrewd parody of European avant-garde posturing, Lichtenstein seems to have established a visual strategy that later made his Pop art so effective. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, "This Groundbreaking Exhibit Of Roy Lichtenstein’s Early Paintings Shows The Melodrama That Made His Art Pop," 15 Apr. 2021 This episode marks the first appearance of Crown of Kings, Younger’s parody of Game of Thrones. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "The 15 Best Episodes of Younger," 15 Apr. 2021 The result is a novel of Indian magic and modern technology, a parody of New World ambition and an elegy of assimilation. Washington Post, "Sanjena Sathian’s ‘Gold Diggers’ is a witty social satire with a dash of magic," 6 Apr. 2021 Again, a concept and sentence that would have read like parody a year earlier but doesn’t numb the pain of falling short. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "How this Alabama basketball season will be remembered," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On TikTok, all that remains of the movement are videos using #superstraights — a hashtag that’s actually used on videos that criticise and parody the movement, as well as host necessary conversations about transphobia. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "The Super Straights Are Definitely Not Okay," 13 Mar. 2021 Launched in 1985, Garbage Pail Kids were originally designed to parody Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, with each character suffering from some sort of abnormality or being put in a violent or vulgar scenario. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, "Topps’ Racist BTS Garbage Pail Kids Sticker Would Have Been A Terrible Idea At Any Time," 17 Mar. 2021 The videos even parody the same catchy jingles that Apple used in its commercials, which Steve Job's once deemed too funny at one point. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel mocks Apple by hiring the 'I'm a Mac' actor," 17 Mar. 2021 On TikTok, all that remains of the movement are videos using #superstraights — a hashtag that’s actually used on videos that criticize and parody the movement, as well as host necessary conversations about transphobia. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "The Super Straights Are Definitely Not Okay," 15 Mar. 2021 However try as the cold open might, the past week in the real world was just too hard to parody. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Jim Carrey announces he will no longer play Joe Biden on 'SNL'," 20 Dec. 2020 However try as the cold open might, the past week in the real world was just too hard to parody. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Jim Carrey announces he will no longer play Joe Biden on 'SNL'," 20 Dec. 2020 However try as the cold open might, the past week in the real world was just too hard to parody. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Jim Carrey announces he will no longer play Joe Biden on 'SNL'," 20 Dec. 2020 However, as with most trends on the internet, users soon began to parody the format, showing students starting a semester strong only to struggle later, people enjoying themselves early in the year in quarantine and more. NBC News, "Dancing pallbearers, the Mike Pence fly and pretty best friends: Here are the top memes of 2020," 27 Dec. 2020

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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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4 May 2021

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“Parody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parody. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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