What does parody mean?

Definitions for parody
ˈpær ə dipar·o·dy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parody, lampoon, spoof, sendup, mockery, takeoff, burlesque, travesty, charade, pasquinade, put-onnoun

    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

  2. parody, mockery, takeoffverb

    humorous or satirical mimicry

  3. parodyverb

    make a spoof of or make fun of

  4. spoof, burlesque, parodyverb

    make a parody of

    "The students spoofed the teachers"


  1. parodynoun

    A work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony.

  2. parodyverb

    To make a parody of something.

    The comedy movie parodied the entire Western genre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parodynoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. parodia, Gr. parw,di`a; para` beside + 'w,dh` a song: cf. F. parodie. See Para-, and Ode.]

  2. Parodynoun

    a popular maxim, adage, or proverb

    Etymology: [L. parodia, Gr. parw,di`a; para` beside + 'w,dh` a song: cf. F. parodie. See Para-, and Ode.]

  3. Parodyverb

    to write a parody upon; to burlesque

    Etymology: [L. parodia, Gr. parw,di`a; para` beside + 'w,dh` a song: cf. F. parodie. See Para-, and Ode.]


  1. Parody

    A parody, in current use, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation. As the literary theorist Linda Hutcheon puts it, "parody … is imitation, not always at the expense of the parodied text." Another critic, Simon Dentith, defines parody as "any cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice." Parody may be found in art or culture, including literature, music, animation, gaming and film. The writer and critic John Gross observes in his Oxford Book of Parodies, that parody seems to flourish on territory somewhere between pastiche and burlesque. Historically, when a formula grows tired, like in the case of moralistic melodramas in the 1910s, it retains value only as a parody, as in the case of Buster Keaton shorts that mocked it.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parody

    par′o-di, n. an imitation of a poem in which its words and ideas are so far changed as to produce a ridiculous effect.—v.t. to turn into parody, to make a parody of:—pa.p. par′odied.adjs. Parod′ic, -al.—n. Par′odist, one who writes a parody. [L.,—Gr. parōdiapara, beside, ōdē, an ode.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. parody

    A calico cat stuffed with cotton.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parody in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of parody in a Sentence

  1. Theta Tau:

    It was revealed that the video was a parody, skit, or roast of the active brothers by a pledge class, and not Chapter members hazing, humiliating, or disparaging its pledges as Syracuse University had described to Theta Tau central office. However, this does not excuse the behavior.

  2. Akihiro Hino:

    One of the charms of Yo-Kai Watch is how, since it takes place in modern times, it's easy to take the things we see day-to-day in our lives and put them in the game, from popular singers to the latest devices to whatever comedic bits are 'in' right now, Yo-Kai Watch is packed with all kinds of parody content.

  3. Simone de Beauvoir:

    It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.

  4. Facebook Inc -LRB- FB.O -RRB-:

    This policy does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words.

  5. Roger Berkowitz:

    There was absolutely no mal intent in this campaign. We simply wanted to parody what has become a heated election year.

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