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parody

[par-uh-dee] /ˈpær ə di/
noun, plural parodies.
1.
a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing:
his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy.
2.
the genre of literary composition represented by such imitations.
3.
a burlesque imitation of a musical composition.
4.
any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc.
5.
the use in the 16th century of borrowed material in a musical setting of the Mass (parody Mass)
6.
a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty:
His acting is a parody of his past greatness.
verb (used with object), parodied, parodying.
7.
to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire.
8.
to imitate poorly or feebly; travesty.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin parōdia a parody < Greek parōidía a burlesque song or poem. See par-, ode, -y3
Related forms
parodiable, adjective
self-parody, noun, plural self-parodies.
unparodied, adjective
Can be confused
burlesque, caricature, cartoon, parody, satire (see synonym study at burlesque; see synonym study at satire)
Synonyms
1, 2. See burlesque.
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  • For the high school newspaper he wrote parodies of poems and contributed humorous drawings.
  • Folk drama enacts a community's values and often parodies its foibles.
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British Dictionary definitions for parodies

parody

/ˈpærədɪ/
noun (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
verb -dies, -dying, -died
4.
(transitive) to make a parody of
Derived Forms
parodic (pəˈrɒdɪk), parodical, adjective
parodist, noun
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek paroidiā satirical poem, from para-1 + ōidē song
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Word Origin and History for parodies

parody

n.

1590s (first recorded use in English is in Ben Jonson), from or in imitation of Latin parodia "parody," from Greek paroidia "burlesque song or poem," from para- "beside, parallel to" (see para- (1), in this case, "mock-") + oide "song, ode" (see ode). The meaning "poor or feeble imitation" is from 1830. Related: Parodic; parodical.

v.

c.1745, from parody (n.). Related: Parodied; parodying.

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parodies in Culture

parody definition


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

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