Burlesque

Definition of Burlesque

Bur`lesque´
a.1.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.
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.
v. t.1.To ridicule, or to make ludicrous by grotesque representation in action or in language.
[imp. & p. p. Burlesqued ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Burlesquing ( ).]
They burlesqued the prophet Jeremiah's words, and turned the expression he used into ridicule.
- Stillingfleet.
v. i.1.To employ burlesque.

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