Definition of parody in English:

parody

Line breaks: par¦ody
Pronunciation: /ˈparədi
 
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noun (plural parodies)

1An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect: the film is a parody of the horror genre [mass noun]: 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.
Synonyms
1.1An imitation or version of something that falls far short of the real thing; a travesty: he gave her a parody of a smile
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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.
Synonyms
distortion, travesty, poor imitation, caricature, mockery, misrepresentation, perversion, corruption, debasement; apology for

verb (parodies, parodying, parodied)

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1Produce a humorously exaggerated imitation of (a writer, artist, or genre): his speciality 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.
Synonyms
satirize, burlesque, lampoon, caricature, mimic, imitate, ape, copy, do, do an impression of, make fun of, travesty, take off
informal send up
British vulgar slang take the piss out of

Origin

late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek parōidia 'burlesque poem', from para- 'beside' (expressing alteration) + ōidē 'ode'.

Derivatives

parodic

Pronunciation: /pəˈrɒdɪk/
adjective
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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.

parodically

adjective
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  • A second coming is what the movie is darkly and parodically all about, a second coming of a father whom the boys would love passionately if they were given the smallest encouragement.
  • Conventional wisdom holds that allegory fell out of fashion near the end of the sixteenth century; even Spenser retreated from the mode late in The Faerie Queene, Milton used it only incidentally or parodically, and Sidney not at all.
  • The latter parodically re-enacts Christ's incarnation and descent to earth.

parodist

noun
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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.

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