- a grotesque or debased likeness or imitation: a travesty of justice.
- a literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity of style, treatment, or subject matter.
- a literary or artistic composition so inferior in quality as to be merely a grotesque imitation of its model.
- to make a travesty on; turn (a serious work or subject) to ridicule by burlesquing.
- to imitate grotesquely or absurdly.
Origin of travesty
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Examples from the Web for travesty
To connoisseurs of smoked fish such confusion would be a travesty.Queen Victoria’s Secret Scottish Sex Castle
August 17, 2014
Then there was that 80-14 travesty against Idaho, a team that won just one out of eleven games all season.The Heisman ‘Bad Boys’: Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, and Who Should Really Win
December 14, 2013
One of the defense attorneys for Zimmerman said he was glad the outcome did not turn a tragedy into travesty.Not This Again: The Ghost of Past Injustices, From the Draft Riots to Trayvon
July 15, 2013
As happy as I am for George Zimmerman, I'm thrilled that this jury kept this tragedy from becoming a travesty.George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty; Looks Forward to 'Getting His Life Back'
July 14, 2013
From what I can tell, the reception to this new Ryan travesty is mixed.Ryan's Mixed Reception, I Think
March 12, 2013
I stretched my lips in that travesty of a smile I had seen the others use.The Floating Island of Madness
It long ago learned that marriage is a travesty and our marriage a nightmare.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
That's why this whole thing is a travesty of love and marriage.Mother America
A piquant witticism is not an expression of all this, but simply a travesty.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
I take this opportunity of saying that justice in this town is a travesty.A Family Man (From the Fifth Series Plays)
- a farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody
- (tr) to make or be a travesty of
Word Origin and History for travesty
1670s, from adjective meaning "dressed so as to be made ridiculous, parodied, burlesqued" (c.1660s), from French travesti "dressed in disguise," past participle of travestir "to disguise" (1590s), from Italian travestire "to disguise," from Latin trans- "over" (see trans-) + vestire "to clothe" (see wear (v.)).