noun, plural parodies.
a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy.
the genre of literary composition represented by such imitations.
a burlesque imitation of a musical composition.
any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc.
the use in the 16th century of borrowed material in a musical setting of the Mass (parody Mass)
a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty: His acting is a parody of his past greatness.
verb (used with object), parodied, parodying.
to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire.
to imitate poorly or feebly; travesty.

1590–1600; < Latin parōdia a parody < Greek parōidía a burlesque song or poem. See par-, ode, -y3

parodiable, adjective
self-parody, noun, plural self-parodies.
unparodied, adjective

burlesque, caricature, cartoon, parody, satire (see synonym study at burlesque)(see synonym study at satire).

1, 2. See burlesque. Unabridged
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parody (ˈpærədɪ)
n , pl -dies
1.  a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way
2.  mimicry of someone's individual manner in a humorous or satirical way
3.  something so badly done as to seem an intentional mockery; travesty
vb , -dies, -dies, -dying, -died
4.  (tr) to make a parody of
[C16: via Latin from Greek paroidiā satirical poem, from para-1 + ōidē song]

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Word Origin & History

1590s (first recorded use in English is in Ben Jonson), from or in imitation of L. parodia "parody," from Gk. paroidia "burlesque song or poem," from para- "beside, parallel to" (in this case, "mock-") + oide "song, ode" (see ode). The meaning "poor or feeble imitation" is from
1830. The verb is attested from c.1745. Related: Parodic; parodical.
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Cultural Dictionary

parody definition

In art, music, or literature, a satire that mimics the style of its object.

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Example sentences
His widely imitated and parodied style is notable for its clipped, elliptical
  sentences and ominous silences.
Comedians parodied his admonition that users were holding their phones wrong.
Abolitionism and abolitionists, parodied or attacked.
In its original meaning, burlesque signified a comedy that parodied its
  original source.
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