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
Add to Hollywood's list of seemingly fail-safe movie genres: the parody.
Thanks for the laugh with your parody email, I really needed it.
She won an international reputation for her sophisticated wit, use of parody,
  and vivacity.
Dictators cannot abide parody, as it makes them appear vulnerable.
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