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burlesque

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a work that imitates and exaggerates another work for comic effect
  • it is interesting to note that the first novel ever written in English was followed by a burlesque of it

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burlesque

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Synonyms of burlesque (Entry 2 of 2)

to copy or exaggerate (someone or something) in order to make fun of
  • burlesquing the teacher's nervous tic isn't very nice

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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

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The first known use of burlesque was in 1667

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“Burlesque.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/burlesque. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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