- a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy.
- the genre of literary composition represented by such imitations.
- a burlesque imitation of a musical composition.
- any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc.
- the use in the 16th century of borrowed material in a musical setting of the Mass (parody Mass).
- a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty: His acting is a parody of his past greatness.
- to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire.
- to imitate poorly or feebly; travesty.
Origin of parody
Examples from the Web for self-parody
Domestically, its Jewish outreach efforts have reached the point of self-parody.Obama, Don't Go Wobbly on Israel
July 6, 2010
Remaining a pop phenomenon for 20 years without dying or lapsing into self-parody is quite a feat.The Book on Aging Rockers
June 29, 2010
Douglas, often a rather stolid actor, possessed the savvy to come near the brink of self-parody without falling over the edge.Who Killed Gordon Gekko?
May 14, 2010
- the act or an instance of mimicking oneself in a humorous or satirical way
- a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way
- mimicry of someone's individual manner in a humorous or satirical way
- something so badly done as to seem an intentional mockery; travesty
- (tr) to make a parody of
Word Origin and History for self-parody
c.1745, from parody (n.). Related: Parodied; parodying.
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.
In art, music, or literature, a satire that mimics the style of its object.