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burlesque (verb) an imitation, with the idea of ridiculing a person, an episode, or a sequence in a serious play.

We often see shows or pieces of writing in which people or serious situations are imitated to make them appear ridiculous. Such shows or pieces of writing burlesque those people or incidents which then appear ridiculous or funny. Shakespeare's characters and some of the incidents in his plays have been burlesqued. That is, they have been imitated to make them look laughable.

  • The comic actor, in his imitable manner, burlesqued Hamlet's famous soliloquy, 'To be, or not to be...,' by holding an egg in his hand, and saying, 'To eat, or not to eat...'
  • In an ingenious effort, Sharon burlesqued the dean of the college, and when the dean also saw it, he also enjoyed being imitated.
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