Definition of parody noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpærədi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærədi//
    (pl. parodies) parody (of something) Types of story
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a piece of writing, music, acting, etc. that deliberately copies the style of somebody/something in order to be amusing a parody of a horror film His personality made him an easy subject for parody. Wordfindercaricature, comedy, funny, joke, parody, pun, sketch, slapstick, spoof, take-off See related entries: Types of story
  2. 2[countable] (disapproving) something that is such a bad or an unfair example of something that it seems ridiculous synonym travesty The trial was a parody of justice. This article is a grotesque parody of the truth.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek parōidia ‘burlesque poem’, from para- ‘beside’ (expressing alteration) + ōidē ‘ode’.Extra examples 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.
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