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Poetry Definition

Poetry that treats a serious subject ridiculously, humorously, or is simply a trivial story.



Standard Definition

[n] a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
[n] a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)
[adj] relating to or characteristic of a burlesque; "burlesque theater"
[v] make a parody of; "The students spoofed the teachers"


charade - (2 syllables), lampoon - (2 syllables), mockery - (3 syllables), parody - (3 syllables), parody - (3 syllables), pasquinade - (3 syllables), put-on - (2 syllables), sendup - (2 syllables), spoof - (1 syllables), spoof - (1 syllables), takeoff - (2 syllables), travesty - (3 syllables)

Misc. Definitions

\Bur*lesque"\, a. [F. burlesque, fr. It. burlesco, fr. burla jest, mockery, perh. for burrula, dim. of L. burrae trifles. See {Bur}.] Tending to excite laughter or contempt by extravagant images, or by a contrast between the subject and the manner of treating it, as when a trifling subject is treated with mock gravity; jocular; ironical. It is a dispute among the critics, whether burlesque poetry runs best in heroic verse, like that of the Dispensary, or in doggerel, like that of Hudibras. --Addison.
\Bur*lesque"\, n.
1. Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque satire. Burlesque is therefore of two kinds; the first represents mean persons in the accouterments of heroes, the other describes great persons acting and speaking like the basest among the people. --Addison.
2. An ironical or satirical composition intended to excite laughter, or to ridicule anything. The dull burlesque appeared with impudence, And pleased by novelty in spite of sense. --Dryden.
3. A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross perversion. Who is it that admires, and from the heart is attached to, national representative assemblies, but must turn with horror and disgust from such a profane burlesque and abominable perversion of that sacred institute? --Burke. Syn: Mockery; farce; travesty; mimicry.
\Bur*lesque"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burlesqued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Burlesquing}.] To ridicule, or to make ludicrous by grotesque representation in action or in language. They burlesqued the prophet Jeremiah's words, and turned the expression he used into ridicule. --Stillingfleet.
\Bur*lesque"\, v. i. To employ burlesque.