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travesty

[ trav-uh-stee ]
/ 藞tr忙v 蓹 sti /
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noun, plural trav路es路ties.
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.
verb (used with object), trav路es路tied, trav路es路ty路ing.
to make a travesty on; turn (a serious work or subject) to ridicule by burlesquing.
to imitate grotesquely or absurdly.
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Origin of travesty

1655鈥65; <French travesti, past participle of travestir 鈥渢o disguise鈥 <Italian travestire, equivalent to tra- (<Latin tr膩ns- trans-) + vestire 鈥渢o clothe鈥 <Latin vest墨re; see vest

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2. See burlesque.

OTHER WORDS FROM travesty

un路trav路es路tied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for travesty

travesty
/ (藞tr忙v瑟st瑟) /

noun plural -ties
a farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody
verb -ties, -tying or -tied
(tr) to make or be a travesty of

Word Origin for travesty

C17: from French travesti disguised, from travestir to disguise, from Italian travestire, from tra- trans- + vestire to clothe
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