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parody

noun uk   /ˈpær.ə.di/ us    /ˈper-/
[C or U] writing, music, art, speech, etc. that intentionally copies the style of someone famous or copies a particular situation, making the features or qualities of the original more noticeable in a way that is humorous: He was an 18th-century author who wrote parodies of other people's works. There is a hint of self-parody in his later paintings.
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[C] disapproving something that so obviously fails to achieve the effect that was intended that it is stupid: "It was a parody of a trial," said one observer.

parody

verb [T] uk   /ˈpær.ə.di/ us    /ˈper-/
to copy the style of someone or something in a humorous way: One of the papers is running a competition in which you've got to parody a well-known author.
(Definition of parody from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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