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parody

[par-uh-dee] /ˈpær ə di/
noun, plural parodies.
1.
a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing:
his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy.
2.
the genre of literary composition represented by such imitations.
3.
a burlesque imitation of a musical composition.
4.
any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc.
5.
the use in the 16th century of borrowed material in a musical setting of the Mass (parody Mass)
6.
a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty:
His acting is a parody of his past greatness.
verb (used with object), parodied, parodying.
7.
to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire.
8.
to imitate poorly or feebly; travesty.
Origin of parody
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin parōdia a parody < Greek parōidía a burlesque song or poem. See par-, ode, -y3
Related forms
parodiable, adjective
self-parody, noun, plural self-parodies.
unparodied, adjective
Can be confused
burlesque, caricature, cartoon, parody, satire (see synonym study at burlesque)
Synonym Study
1, 2. See burlesque.
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British Dictionary definitions for self-parody

self-parody

noun
1.
the act or an instance of mimicking oneself in a humorous or satirical way

parody

/ˈpærədɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way
2.
mimicry of someone's individual manner in a humorous or satirical way
3.
something so badly done as to seem an intentional mockery; travesty
verb -dies, -dying, -died
4.
(transitive) to make a parody of
Derived Forms
parodic (pəˈrɒdɪk), parodical, adjective
parodist, noun
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek paroidiā satirical poem, from para-1 + ōidē song
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Word Origin and History for self-parody

parody

v.

c.1745, from parody (n.). Related: Parodied; parodying.

parody

n.

1590s (first recorded use in English is in Ben Jonson), from or in imitation of Latin parodia "parody," from Greek paroidia "burlesque song or poem," from para- "beside, parallel to" (see para- (1), in this case, "mock-") + oide "song, ode" (see ode). The meaning "poor or feeble imitation" is from 1830. Related: Parodic; parodical.

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self-parody in Culture

parody definition


In art, music, or literature, a satire that mimics the style of its object.

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