Definition of parody in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperədē/

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 parody
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  • 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 Englishman
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  • 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.
distortion, travesty, caricature, misrepresentation, perversion, corruption, debasement

verb (parodies, parodying, parodied)

[with object]
1Produce a humorously exaggerated imitation of (a writer, artist, or genre): his specialty was parodying schoolgirl fiction
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  • 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 voice
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /pəˈrädik/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈperədəst/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • This came via late Latin from Greek parōidia ‘burlesque poem’, from para- ‘mock-’ and ōidē ‘ode’. The sense ‘feeble imitation’ dates from the early 19th century.

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Syllabification: par·o·dy

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