n. pl. par·o·dies
a. A literary or artistic work that uses imitation, as of the characteristic style of an author or a work, for comic effect or ridicule.
b. A genre, as in literature, comprising such works.
2. Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty: The trial was a parody of justice.
3. Music The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.
tr.v. par·o·died, par·o·dy·ing, par·o·dies
To make a parody of. See Synonyms at imitate.
[Latin parōdia, from Greek parōidiā : para-, subsidiary to; see PARA-1 + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pa·rodic (pə-rŏdĭk), pa·rodi·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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