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parodynoun

uk   /ˈpær.ə.di/  us   /ˈper-/
[C or U] writing, ​music, ​art, ​speech, etc. that ​intentionallycopies the ​style of someone ​famous or ​copies a ​particularsituation, 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 ​laterpaintings.
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[C] disapproving something that so ​obviouslyfails to ​achieve the ​effect that was ​intended that it is ​stupid: "It was a parody of a ​trial," said one ​observer.

parodyverb [T]

uk   /ˈpær.ə.di/  us   /ˈper-/
(Definition of parody from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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parodynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈpær·ə·di/
literature a ​piece of writing or ​music that ​copies the ​style of a ​seriouspiece in a way that is ​intentionallyhumorous: [C] Brando did a parody of the ​character he ​played in "The Godfather."
parody
verb [T]  us   /ˈpær·ə·di/
Downey ​started the show by parodying a ​performanceartist.
(Definition of parody from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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