an artistic composition, especially literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity.
any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature.
Also, burlesk. a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus.
involving ludicrous or mocking treatment of a solemn subject.
of, relating to, or like stage-show burlesque.
to make ridiculous by mocking representation.
to use caricature.
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an artistic work, esp literary or dramatic, satirizing a subject by caricaturing it
a ludicrous imitation or caricature
a play of the 17th–19th centuries that parodied some contemporary dramatic fashion or event
(US & Canadian, theatre) Also burlesk. a bawdy comedy show of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the striptease eventually became one of its chief elements Slang name burleycue
of, relating to, or characteristic of a burlesque
verb -lesques, -lesquing, -lesqued
to represent or imitate (a person or thing) in a ludicrous way; caricature
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