[ trav-uh-stee ]
/ ˈtræv ə sti /

noun, plural trav·es·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·es·tied, trav·es·ty·ing.

to make a travesty on; turn (a serious work or subject) to ridicule by burlesquing.
to imitate grotesquely or absurdly.

Origin of travesty

1655–65; < French travesti, past participle of travestir “to disguise” < Italian travestire, equivalent to tra- (< Latin trāns- trans-) + vestire “to clothe” < Latin vestīre; see vest

synonym study for travesty

2. See burlesque.


un·trav·es·tied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for travesty

/ (ˈtrævɪstɪ) /

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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