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- burlesk (archaic)
- Parodical; parodic
- 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.
burlesque (plural burlesques)
- A derisive art form that mocks by imitation; a parody.
- Burlesque is therefore of two kinds; the first represents mean persons in the accoutrements of heroes, the other describes great persons acting and speaking like the basest among the people.
- The dull burlesque appeared with impudence, / And pleased by novelty in spite of sense.
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Lisson Grove Mystery:
- “H'm !” he said, “so, so—it is a tragedy in a prologue and three acts. I am going down this afternoon to see the curtain fall for the third time on what [...] will prove a good burlesque ; but it all began dramatically enough. It was last Saturday […] that two boys, playing in the little spinney just outside Wembley Park Station, came across three large parcels done up in American cloth. […]”
- A variety adult entertainment show, usually including titillation such as striptease, most common from the 1880s to the 1930s.
- 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?
variety adult entertainment show
- To make a burlesque parody of
1988 February 5, Billie Lawless, “Laying Down the Lawless”:
- When the venerable New York Times took my quote in which I described the neon elements as "burlesquing the myth of male dominance" and instead printed "he prefers to describe them as . . . symbols of male dominance" it became clear that dealing with journalists was going to be one long, rocky road.
- 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.
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burlesque (masculine and feminine, plural burlesques)
burlesque m (plural burlesques)