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trav·es·ty

 (trăv′ĭ-stē)
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.

[From obsolete, disguised, burlesqued, from French travesti, past participle of travestir, to disguise, parody, from Italian travestire : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin vestīre, to dress (from vestis, garment; see wes- in Indo-European roots).]

travesty

(ˈtrævɪstɪ)
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.

travesty

imitation or parody for the purpose of ridicule; a grotesque or ludicrous representation.
See also: Representation

travesty


Past participle: travestied
Gerund: travestying

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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am travestying
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Present Perfect
I have travestied
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Past Continuous
I was travestying
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Past Perfect
I had travestied
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Future
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Future Perfect
I will have travestied
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been travestying
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been travestying
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Conditional
I would travesty
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.travesty - a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situationstravesty - 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 waytravesty - a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
caricature, impersonation, imitation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
Verb1.travesty - make a travesty of
burlesque, spoof, parody - make a parody of; "The students spoofed the teachers"

travesty

noun mockery, distortion, parody, caricature, sham, send-up (Brit. informal), spoof (informal), perversion, takeoff (informal), lampoon, burlesque If he couldn't prepare his case properly the trial would be a travesty.

travesty

noun
A false, derisive, or impudent imitation of something:
verb
To copy (the manner or expression of another), especially in an exaggerated or mocking way:
Translations

travesty

[ˈtrævɪstɪ]
A. Nparodia f, farsa f
B. VTparodiar

travesty

[ˈtrævəsti] nparodie f
a travesty of justice → une parodie de justice

travesty

n (Liter) → Travestie f; a travesty of justiceein Hohn mauf die Gerechtigkeit; the elections were a travestydie Wahlen waren ein Hohn mor eine Farce
vtins Lächerliche ziehen, travestieren (esp Liter)

travesty

[ˈtrævɪstɪ] nparodia
his trial was a travesty of justice → il suo processo è stato una farsa
References in classic literature ?
Then the visiting "watch below," transformed into graceless ladies and uncouth pilgrims, by rude travesties upon waterfalls, hoopskirts, white kid gloves and swallow-tail coats, moved solemnly up the companion way, and bowing low, began a system of complicated and extraordinary smiling which few monarchs could look upon and live.
Peter Ackroyd's The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde, Terry Eagleton's Saint Oscar, Mark Ravenhill's Handbag, or The Importance of Being Someone, Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw, and Tom Stoppard's Travesties and The Invention of Love are some examples that reflect "the two basic modes of intertextual dialogue with the cultural icon.
Travesties Birmingham Rep at The Old Rep One of the benefits of a university education is that it gets all that pesky erudition out of the system at an early age, never to be seen again.
Presented by Birmingham Repertory Company, Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest and Tom Stoppard's Travesties are a double bill with the same actors taking roles in both plays.
IT is one of the biggest travesties of modern times.
David Cressy, Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England: Tales of Disco rd and Dissension
But does China have to make such huge travesties of late '80s American PoMo, that already travestied style?
The evidence indicates that the Branch Davidians started the fires that consumed them, but the attempts to arrest them and the final assault on their compound were travesties of mismanagement and poor technique.
A London import, Travesties earns Stoppard his third Tony for best play and counts as his seventh U.
Johnson list forty-four burlesques of Othello in An Annotated Bibliography of Shakespearean Burlesques, Parodies, and Travesties (1976).