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Pastiche

A dramatic, artistic, literary, or musical piece openly imitating the previous works of other artists, often with satirical intent.

Parody

A literary or artistic work that uses imitation, as of the characteristic style of an author or a work, for comic effect or ridicule.

Pastiche

A pasticcio of incongruous parts; a hodgepodge
"In ... a city of splendid Victorian architecture ... there is a rather pointless pastiche of Dickensian London down on the waterfront" (Economist).

Parody

A genre, as in literature, comprising such works.

Pastiche

A work of art, drama, literature, music, or architecture that imitates the work of a previous artist.
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Parody

Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty
The trial was a parody of justice.

Pastiche

A musical medley, typically quoting other works.

Parody

(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.

Pastiche

An incongruous mixture; a hodgepodge.
This supposed research paper is a pastiche of passages from unrelated sources.
The house failed to attract a buyer because the decor was a pastiche of Bohemian and Scandinavian styles.

Parody

To make a parody of.
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Pastiche

(uncountable) A postmodern playwriting technique that fuses a variety of styles, genres, and story lines to create a new form.

Parody

A work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony.

Pastiche

To create or compose in a mixture of styles.

Parody

A popular maxim, adage, or proverb.

Pastiche

A musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
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Parody

To make a parody of something.
The comedy movie parodied the entire Western genre.

Pastiche

A work of art that imitates the style of some previous work

Parody

A writing in which the language or sentiment of an author is mimicked; especially, a kind of literary pleasantry, in which what is written on one subject is altered, and applied to another by way of burlesque; travesty.
The lively parody which he wrote . . . on Dryden's "Hind and Panther" was received with great applause.

Parody

A popular maxim, adage, or proverb.

Parody

To write a parody upon; to burlesque.
I have translated, or rather parodied, a poem of Horace.

Parody

A composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way

Parody

Humorous or satirical mimicry

Parody

Make a spoof of or make fun of

Parody

Make a parody of;
The students spoofed the teachers

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