par·ody [parody parodies parodied parodying] noun, verb BrE [ˈpærədi]
NAmE [ˈpærədi]
noun (pl. par·odies)~ (of sth)
1. countable, uncountable a piece of writing, music, acting, etc. that deliberately copies the style of sb/sth in order to be amusing
a parody of a horror film
His personality made him an easy subject for parody.
2. countable (disapproving) something that is such a bad or unfair example of sth that it seems ridiculous
Syn: travesty
The trial was a parody of justice.
This article is a grotesque parody of the truth.
Word Origin:
late 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek parōidia ‘burlesque poem’, from para- ‘beside’ (expressing alteration) + ōidē ‘ode’.
parody noun C, U
a parody of a horror film
impersonation • • impression • • imitation|informal spoof|sometimes disapproving caricature
a/an parody/impersonation/impression/imitation/spoof/caricature of sb/sth
do a/an parody/impersonation/impression/imitation/spoof
write a parody/spoof
Example Bank:
He sighed in a parody of deep emotion.
She has become a grotesque parody of her former elegant self.
She has written a cruel parody of his book.
The show included a parody on Hollywood action movies.
The show included a parody on current affairs programmes.
He's currently working on a parody of a horror film.
verb (par·odies, par·ody·ing, par·odied, par·odied)~ sb/sth
to copy the style of sb/sth in an exaggerated way, especially in order to make people laugh
Syn: lampoon
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek parōidia ‘burlesque poem’, from para- ‘beside’ (expressing alteration) + ōidē ‘ode’.
Example Bank:
Her work parodies genres such as the thriller and the spy novel.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
1.A writing in which the language or sentiment of an author is mimicked; especially, a kind of literary pleasantry, in which what is written on one subject is altered, and applied to another by way of burlesque; travesty.
The lively parody which he wrote . . . on Dryden's "Hind and Panther" was received with great applause.
2.A popular maxim, adage, or proverb.
v. t.1.To write a parody upon; to burlesque.
[imp. & p. p. parodied ; p. pr. & vb. n. parodying.]
I have translated, or rather parodied, a poem of Horace.

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