(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. take-off, imitation, travesty, burlesque. See copy, ridicule.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. travesty, caricature, burlesque, satire, lampoon, spoof, farce, imitation, mimicry, takeoff, pastiche, copy, cartoon, exaggeration, distortion, misrepresentation, feeble imitation, roast, mock-heroic, pasquinade, extravaganza, mockery, derision, mime, irony, jest, raillery; see also imitation 1 , 2 , joke 1 , ridicule .
Ant. truth*, accuracy, exactness.
a parody ridicules a written work or writer by imitating the style closely, esp. so as to point up peculiarities or affectations, and usually also by distorting the content nonsensically or changing it to something absurdly incongruous; travesty , in contrast, implies that the subject matter is retained, but that the style and language are changed so as to give a grotesquely absurd effect; satire refers to a literary work in which follies, vices, stupidities, and abuses in life are held up to ridicule or contempt, esp. through the use of irony, sarcasm, and wit; lampoon refers to a piece of strongly satirical writing that uses broad humor in attacking and ridiculing the faults and weaknesses of an individual or institution; caricature refers to a representation of a person or thing, in writing, performance, or esp. drawing, that ludicrously exaggerates its distinguishing features; burlesque , in this comParison, refers to a broadly comic or satirical imitation, and implies the handling of a serious subject lightly or flippantly, or of a trifling subject with mock seriousness v.
Syn. mimic, satirize, copy, burlesque, travesty, exaggerate, deride, mime, caricature, jest, distort, mock, laugh at, jeer, lampoon, roast, disparage; see also imitate 2 , impersonate , joke , ridicule .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
[PAR uh dee]
a satirical or humorous imitation of a literary or musical work.
The canine sex magazine,
Playdog, was a parody of Playboy.
SYN.: imitation, lampoon, takeoff, mockery, satire, spoof, *send-up, burlesque, mimicry, travesty.
imitate, mock, mimic, ape, lampoon, caricature, satirize, ridicule, *take off on, send up, burlesque.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A usually amusing caricature of another: imitation. Informal: takeoff. See LAUGHTER, RESPECT, SAME. 2. A false, derisive, or impudent imitation of something: burlesque, caricature, farce, mock, mockery, sham, travesty. See RESPECT, SAME. II verb To copy (the manner or expression of another), especially in an exaggerated or mocking way: ape, burlesque, caricature, imitate, mimic, mock, travesty. Idiom: do a takeoff on. See SAME.

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