A parody is a humorous or mocking imitation of something, using the same form as the original. To parody a poem, you have to write another poem.

A parody is a form of humor that spoofs — or satirizes — something using the same form. For example, shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show" parody newscasts by doing fake newscasts that look like the real thing. Comedians and comedy writers love to parody the President. Anything in the public eye could be the object of a parody.

Definitions of parody
  1. noun
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
    synonyms: burlesque, charade, lampoon, mockery, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
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    type of:
    caricature, imitation, impersonation
    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
  2. noun
    humorous or satirical mimicry
    synonyms: mockery, takeoff
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    type of:
    apery, mimicry
    the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
  3. verb
    make a parody of
    synonyms: burlesque, spoof
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    make a travesty of
    type of:
    imitate with mockery and derision
  4. verb
    make a spoof of or make fun of
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    type of:
    act, play, represent
    play a role or part
Commonly confused words

parody / parity

They're different, but when these words are said out loud it's hard to tell them apart. A parody is a silly spoof and parity is equality, and that's no joke.

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