Definition of parody in US English:


nounPlural 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’
    • ‘It's far too nasty to be a complete parody, and the writers just couldn't come up with enough well written dialogue/characters to make me care about the film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problem is that Batman was already a parody of the superhero genre.’
    • ‘The film keeps piling on familiar elements until it feels like it is a parody of the genres (a feeling that the film's final two shots really pound home).’
    • ‘This first one was a gross-out parody of horror movies that made so much money, they couldn't wait to produce this slapdash scatological sequel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And we'd done everything there was; we'd done a lot of parodies and satires of movies.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the second act we are presented with a deliberate parody of bad theatre, but it's frankly difficult to tell the difference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the other songs on this album are parodies of other artists.’
    • ‘However, only a few of the dozen-strong cast have the requisite style to make the parody trenchant instead of merely silly.’
    • ‘The Eye piece is not so much a review as a gentle parody of the literary-biography genre.’
    • ‘One thing I somehow missed on the first read-through is that there are 10-12 parodies of other writers distributed through the book.’
    • ‘In fact, some self-help books intended as parodies of the genre contain more sensible advice than those offered in po-faced seriousness.’
    • ‘It is a super-sophisticated parody of the publisher's-memoir genre.’
    • ‘Each has a different mission and acts as a parody of a different genre, and it would have been easy for the writers to ignore what had come before to prevent the series from becoming too complicated.’
    • ‘We've got the second act of our delicious comic book cover parodies up and ready for mass consumption, so go look at those right now.’
    • ‘Viewed as a campy parody of the genre, the movie fares better, although it's neither funny enough nor enjoyable enough to be considered watchable.’
    • ‘They made him watch a parody of his debating style from television's Saturday Night Live. They abjured him to avoid anecdotes where he might misstep.’
    • ‘Because each of them exists as a parody of a different genre, each episode should take on the trappings of that genre.’
    satire, burlesque, lampoon, pastiche, caricature, take-off, skit, imitation, mockery
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    1. 1.1 An imitation or version of something that falls far short of the real thing; a travesty.
      ‘he seems like a parody of an educated Englishman’
      • ‘His face twisted in a parody of smile as he hoisted the grenade launcher.’
      • ‘Ganjou nipped his hand and then unhinged his jaw in a sick parody of a human smile.’
      • ‘Similarly, Milizia could see in Bernini's Apollo and Daphne only a monstrous parody of the Apollo Belvedere, and he utterly condemned the Saint Bibiana.’
      • ‘Her muzzle drew back in a strange parody of a human smile to reveal gleaming fangs the size of traffic cones.’
      • ‘Across the curve of the animal's long neck the butcher's ritual dagger has inscribed a parody of a smile.’
      • ‘California is in danger of becoming a parody of itself, and The Black Table regrets that the state has so many votes in the electoral college.’
      • ‘Linda and Marlène's parody of a mother/daughter relationship seems to satisfy their needs temporarily but can't last.’
      • ‘Dr. Moreau attempts to create a higher being, but merely creates sad perversities, parodies of both human and animal.’
      • ‘‘I told them to wait,’ he leant forward, his breath warm on her face, one corner of his mouth twisted upwards in a warped parody of a smile.’
      • ‘Men had often appeared in drag as monstrous parodies of females but rarely, if ever, had the tables been turned with such devastating effect.’
      • ‘Nearly a lifetime's worth of disappointment had transformed Anders into a parody of his younger self.’
      • ‘Celibacy, as commonly understood, is therefore a meaningless parody or travesty of the true formula.’
      • ‘He smiled, a perfect parody of a questioning grin.’
      • ‘I, myself, am really just a parody and exaggeration of the entity that is me.’
      • ‘She becomes a parody of the stereotype of the intrusive immigrant mother.’
      • ‘More naked men are shackled together by their hands and feet in a sickening parody of an orgy.’
      • ‘He was lying there, looking up at the star-freckled sky with something like smug amusement twisting his lips, turning his expression into an odd parody of a smile.’
      • ‘He flashed me a small grin: a parody of one of my smiles.’
      • ‘Still covered in blood from his sick parody of a baptism, he smiled with such cruelty that even his most hardened captains turned, sickened.’
      • ‘My smirk widened into a vicious parody of an actual smile.’
      distortion, travesty, poor imitation, caricature, mockery, misrepresentation, perversion, corruption, debasement
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verbparodies, parodying, parodied

[with object]
  • 1Produce a humorously exaggerated imitation of (a writer, artist, or genre)

    ‘his specialty was parodying schoolgirl fiction’
    • ‘If you wanted to parody this sort of music, you would come up with the exact same thing you were attempting to ridicule.’
    • ‘It parodies the kind of picture that could advertise the brand name of such a product on an 18 th-century candy box.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the Carry On team decided to parody the horror genre, it was perhaps inevitable that they would do it in the commercially successful mould of the Hammer films.’
    • ‘Gavin Turk, in particular, among contemporary artists, delights in parodying some of this mythology about painters and their suppers.’
    • ‘How does a writer parody a work that readers can't identify?’
    • ‘I'm no purist, but I think if you're going to parody the greatest writer in the English language, your takeoff should at least be well written, and stay a lot closer to the form that inspired it.’
    • ‘And the film curiously misses nearly every opportunity - and there are many of them - to parody the spy genre.’
    • ‘The first two authors, on the face of it, simply parody a genre, a technique at least as old as Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.’
    • ‘Rosie is a sassier, smarter take on the genre, which parodies Stewart's famously unlikely calendar entries with such nuggets of domestic advice as ‘Craft a pillow from tumble-dryer lint’.’
    • ‘This movie is referencing a show that was such a phenomenon when it was on the air, and we aren't trying to spoof it or parody it in any way.’
    • ‘Mr Punch's Prize Novelists parodies the leading writers of the day.’
    • ‘Shunted out of the mainstream, he was parodied by artists who rendered him a hippie or muscle-bound clown.’
    • ‘Charles Busch, in his Shanghai Moon, parodies an old movie genre in which the wicked Orient seduces and reduces the greedy but gullible Occident, usually in the form of some evil Eastern strongman ensnaring a beautiful Western lady.’
    • ‘The first two volumes were a little too silly and childish for my liking, yet it is a series that has a lot of fun to offer fans of anime, parodying pretty much every genre and major show in the history of animation.’
    • ‘Stacey's film parodies the slasher genre while poking fun at Hollywood hopefuls who would do anything to get in front of the camera.’
    • ‘Radcliffe parodies the reality-television genre, while Minotauk Falls is a fragmented sitcom about three men, a woman cop and a ghost who hang out at a restaurant that doesn't make food.’
    • ‘The intention is not to parody the genre, but to affectionately re-create the kind of movie that was popularized by Doris Day.’
    • ‘Through his popularity, an entire subculture has grown up imitating Al and even parodying him.’
    • ‘Voltaire's Candide, in which Pangloss takes the place of Mentor, will parody the genre.’
    satirize, ridicule, make fun of, parody, lampoon, mock, caricature, imitate, ape
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    1. 1.1 Mimic humorously.
      ‘he parodied his friend's voice’
      • ‘Cast members pose as correspondents as they parody mainstream media's failure to provide robust, independent journalism.’
      • ‘The ridiculous metal guitars were parodied hilariously by worthy MIDI keyboards, but here they are reveled in, with no irony intended.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The participants in the ritual were imitating - parodying, actually - the personalities of their colonial occupiers.’
      • ‘As Smashie and Nicey, two dim but smug veteran platter-spinners, they parodied the worst kind of radio voices as crescendos of self-promotion and wannabe-trendy vocabulary.’
      • ‘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.’
      satirize, burlesque, lampoon, caricature, mimic, imitate, ape, copy, do, do an impression of, make fun of, travesty, take off
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Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek parōidia ‘burlesque poem’, from para- ‘beside’ (expressing alteration) + ōidē ‘ode’.