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n. pl. trav·es·ties
1. A debased or grotesque likeness: elections that were a travesty of democracy.
2. An exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work.
tr.v. trav·es·tied, trav·es·ty·ing, trav·es·ties
To make a travesty of; parody or ridicule.
n, pl -ties
a farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody
vb, -ties, -tying or -tied
(tr) to make or be a travesty of
[C17: from French travesti disguised, from travestir to disguise, from Italian travestire, from tra- trans- + vestire to clothe]
trav•es•ty(ˈtræv ə sti)
n., pl. -ties, n.
1. a grotesque or debased likeness or imitation of something: a travesty of justice.
2. a literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity.v.t.
3. to burlesque; mock.
[1655–65; < French travesti, past participle of travestir to disguise < Italian travestire=tra- (< Latin trā-, variant of trāns- trans-) + vestire to clothe < Latin vestīre]
syn: See burlesque.
imitation or parody for the purpose of ridicule; a grotesque or ludicrous representation.See also: Representation
Past participle: travestied
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|Noun||1.||travesty - a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations|
comedy - light and humorous drama with a happy ending
|2.||travesty - a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way|
|Verb||1.||travesty - make a travesty of|