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Definition of burlesque:

  1. A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross perversion.
  2. An ironical or satirical composition intended to excite laughter, or to ridicule anything.
  3. Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque satire.
  4. 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.
  5. To employ burlesque.
  6. To ridicule, or to make ludicrous by grotesque representation in action or in language.


farce comedy, take-off, scoffing, charade, prank, takeoff, humbug, lampoon, trick, pasquinade, burly, hoax, respect, spoof, antic, parody, fraud, same, sendup, fraudulence, extravaganza, caper, travesty, performance, mockery, strip, jeering, dupery, put-on.

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