self-par·​o·​dy | \ ˌself-ˈper-ə-dē How to pronounce self-parody (audio) , -ˈpa-rə- \
plural self-parodies

Definition of self-parody

: representation of oneself or itself that has the character or appearance of a parody Detractors accused him … of relying on a sneaky humor and swagger that approached self-parody.New York Times … the lack of ideological diversity on campuses is a disservice to the students and to liberalism itself, with liberalism collapsing on some campuses into self-parody.— Nicholas Kristof

Other Words from self-parody

self-parodist \ ˌself-​ˈper-​ə-​dist How to pronounce self-parodist (audio) , -​ˈpa-​rə-​ \ noun, plural self-parodists
Artists seem to have more of a sense of humor about themselves today than they did 10 or 20 years ago. Eminem is practically a self-parodist. — Mikael Wood

First Known Use of self-parody

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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