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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: parodia, from Greek, from para- ( PARA-) + aidein 'to sing'

parody

1 noun
     
Related topics: Arts
par‧o‧dy1 plural parodies
1 [uncountable and countable]A a piece of writing, music etc or an action that copies someone or something in an amusing way
parody of
a brilliant parody of classical dance
in a parody of something
He swung the door wide open in a parody of welcome.
Her performance contains a strong element of self-parody (=when someone makes fun of their own style).
2 [countable] something that is not a correct or acceptable example of something
parody of
Although his comment was a parody of the truth, Diana was upset by it.
The trial was a parody of justice (=very unfair).

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