V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to mock through caricature or grotesque or comical imitation, especially to make fun of something serious; (n.) theatrical entertainment that is comical and often satirical in nature

Synonyms: (v.) caricature, mock, ridicule, satirize, (n.) parody, spoof


Tips: The noun burlesque can refer to mockery in general, but also often refers to a literary or theatrical work that creates humor through imitation, gross caricature, or low humor. Theatrical shows using burlesque often include striptease performances. Burlesque can also be used as an adjective to describe this type of performer or show (usually involving dancing and/or striptease.)

Usage Examples:

This author burlesques all sorts of surprising issues, from war to depression. (parodies, satirizes, mocks) verb

The funniest skits on Saturday Night Live use burlesque to make fun of political figures and celebrities. (parody, mockery) noun

We went to a burlesque theater show the other night and it was very entertaining. (caricature, spoof) adjective

The up-and-coming actress auditioned for a burlesque show, but decided not to pursue it when she found out it involved striptease. (satirical theater) adjective

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