Synonyms & Antonyms of parody

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1 a work that imitates and exaggerates another work for comic effect
  • the musical is a parody of every biblical epic ever made

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2 a poor, insincere, or insulting imitation of something
  • the young man sported a feeble parody of a mustache in a vain attempt to make himself look older

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Synonyms of parody (Entry 2 of 2)

to copy or exaggerate (someone or something) in order to make fun of
  • parodying a public figure's distinctive mannerisms takes particular talent

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How does the noun parody differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of parody are burlesque, caricature, and travesty. While all these words mean "a comic or grotesque imitation," 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

Where would burlesque be a reasonable alternative to parody?

The words burlesque and parody are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment.

a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court

When is caricature a more appropriate choice than parody?

Although the words caricature and parody have much in common, caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject.

caricatures of politicians in cartoons

When could travesty be used to replace parody?

The synonyms travesty and parody are sometimes interchangeable, but 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 parody was in 1607

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“Parody.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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