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parody

This word is also in the group 100 IELTS Words.
  • an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.
  • produce a humorously exaggerated imitation of (a writer, artist, or genre).
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Examples

They made him watch a parody of his debating style from television’s Saturday Night Live. They abjured him to avoid anecdotes where he might misstep.

Nearly a lifetime’s worth of disappointment had transformed Anders into a parody of his younger self.

Cast members pose as correspondents as they parody mainstream media’s failure to provide robust, independent journalism.

This movie is referencing a show that was such a phenomenon when it was on the air, and we aren’t trying to spoof it or parody it in any way.

It’s far too nasty to be a complete parody, and the writers just couldn’t come up with enough well written dialogue/characters to make me care about the film.

Viewed as a campy parody of the genre, the movie fares better, although it’s neither funny enough nor enjoyable enough to be considered watchable.

Because each of them exists as a parody of a different genre, each episode should take on the trappings of that genre.

the film is a parody of the horror genre

He flashed me a small grin: a parody of one of my smiles.

Linda and Marlène’s parody of a mother/daughter relationship seems to satisfy their needs temporarily but can’t last.

More naked men are shackled together by their hands and feet in a sickening parody of an orgy.

“I told them to wait,” he leant forward, his breath warm on her face, one corner of his mouth twisted upwards in a warped parody of a smile.

The film keeps piling on familiar elements until it feels like it is a parody of the genres (a feeling that the film’s final two shots really pound home).

the movie is a parody of the horror genre

he gave her a parody of a smile

he seems like a parody of an educated Englishman

Voltaire’s Candide, in which Pangloss takes the place of Mentor, will parody the genre.

The problem is that Batman was already a parody of the superhero genre.

When the Carry On team decided to parody the horror genre, it was perhaps inevitable that they would do it in the commercially successful mould of the Hammer films.

The first two authors, on the face of it, simply parody a genre, a technique at least as old as Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.

His face twisted in a parody of smile as he hoisted the grenade launcher.

And the film curiously misses nearly every opportunity - and there are many of them - to parody the spy genre.

Discuss how the reversal of the conventions makes for a comic effect and how the comedy genre uses a parody of other genres by referring to current comedy films or TV programmes the class may be viewing.

He was lying there, looking up at the star-freckled sky with something like smug amusement twisting his lips, turning his expression into an odd parody of a smile.

I, myself, am really just a parody and exaggeration of the entity that is me.

Celibacy, as commonly understood, is therefore a meaningless parody or travesty of the true formula.

California is in danger of becoming a parody of itself, and The Black Table regrets that the state has so many votes in the electoral college.

How does a writer parody a work that readers can’t identify?

This first one was a gross-out parody of horror movies that made so much money, they couldn’t wait to produce this slapdash scatological sequel.

Across the curve of the animal’s long neck the butcher’s ritual dagger has inscribed a parody of a smile.