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Meaning of BURLESQUE

Pronunciation:  bur'lesk

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

BURLESQUE is a 9 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: charade, lampoon, mockery, parody, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, spoof, takeoff, travesty
 
 See Also: caricature, imitation, impersonation, mock, show

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
  3. \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.
    
    
  4. \Bur*lesque"\, v. i.
    To employ burlesque.
    
    
 
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