American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule. See Synonyms at caricature.
- n. The genre of literature comprising such works.
- n. Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty: The trial was a parody of justice.
- n. Music The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.
- v. To make a parody of. See Synonyms at imitate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of literary composition in which the form and expression of grave or dignified writings are closely imitated, but are made ridiculous by the subject or method of treatment; a travesty that follows closely the form and expression of its original; specifically, a burlesque imitation of a poem, in which a trivial or humorous subject is treated in the style of a dignified or serious one: also applied to burlesque musical works.
- n. A popular maxim; a proverb. Wright. Synonyms Burlesque, Travesty, etc. See
- To turn into a parody; write a parody upon; imitate, as a poem or song, in a ludicrous or ridiculous manner.
- n. Passage; passing away.
- n. A work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony.
- v. To make a parody of something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. obsolete A popular maxim, adage, or proverb.
- v. To write a parody upon; to burlesque.
- n. humorous or satirical mimicry
- v. make a parody of
- n. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
- v. make a spoof of or make fun of
- From Latin parodia, from Ancient Greek παρῳδία ("parody"), from παρά ("besides") + ᾠδή (ōidē, "song"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin parōdia, from Greek parōidiā : para-, subsidiary to; see para- + aoidē, ōidē, song. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In a Friday statement, an official with the rights group called for an end to what she described as a "parody of justice.”
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“Though of all forms of argument, I think parody is the lowest.”
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