noun (plural parodies)
- 1An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect: the movie is a parody of the horror genre his provocative use of parodyMore example sentences
- Discuss how the reversal of the conventions makes for a comic effect and how the comedy genre uses a parody of other genres by referring to current comedy films or TV programmes the class may be viewing.
- Her first collection Making Cocoa for Kingsley included a number of literary jokes and parodies in the style of some of the most notable 20th century poets.
- Some followers of Teraoka's work have wondered why an artist so closely identified with clever parodies of traditional Japanese styles would turn to a Western medieval format.
- 1.1An imitation or a version of something that falls far short of the real thing; a travesty: he seems like a parody of an educated EnglishmanMore example sentences
- Celibacy, as commonly understood, is therefore a meaningless parody or travesty of the true formula.
- Across the curve of the animal's long neck the butcher's ritual dagger has inscribed a parody of a smile.
- More naked men are shackled together by their hands and feet in a sickening parody of an orgy.
verb (parodies, parodying, parodied)[with object] Back to top
- 1Produce a humorously exaggerated imitation of (a writer, artist, or genre): his specialty was parodying schoolgirl fictionMore example sentences
- Mr Punch's Prize Novelists parodies the leading writers of the day.
- Voltaire's Candide, in which Pangloss takes the place of Mentor, will parody the genre.
- Funny and cleverly written (but for one misuse of the word ‘inferred’), this light-hearted and engaging story parodies the spy genre without sacrificing the reader's involvement.
- 1.1Mimic humorously: he parodied his friend’s voiceMore example sentences
- One of the other two was adding ‘Me too’, which wasn't quite as good and maybe over-egged the satirical pudding, but perhaps in its own way it parodied their ineffectual and interchangeable natures.
- As much as this is a bunch of guys from Dartmouth, N.S., parodying themselves, it's a satirical take on the types you'd find on Jerry Springer, hence its growing popularity south of the border.
- Cast members pose as correspondents as they parody mainstream media's failure to provide robust, independent journalism.
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- This oscillation between different parodic and satirical tactics makes it something of a moving target for potential litigation.
- Even for the parodic and satiric intent, there is a greater interest in the design and design faults of language than a care for what the reader will take away.
- The first is that these albums tend to involve a fully ironic approach, as opposed to one that is merely satirical or parodic.
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- It triggered a veritable tidal wave of imitators, parodists, and artists wishing to capitalize on its success.
- The parodist must both imitate and create incongruity in relation to the pretext, and parody has, contrary to pastiche, traditionally had a comic dimension.
- It is one thing, we have learned, to describe something as being ‘beyond parody’, but another, as would-be parodists, to experience the consequences of this phenomenon.
late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek parōidia 'burlesque poem', from para- 'beside' (expressing alteration) + ōidē 'ode'.