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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).]
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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]
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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.
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travesty

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


Past participle: travestied
Gerund: travestying

Imperative
travesty
travesty
Present
I travesty
you travesty
he/she/it travesties
we travesty
you travesty
they travesty
Preterite
I travestied
you travestied
he/she/it travestied
we travestied
you travestied
they travestied
Present Continuous
I am travestying
you are travestying
he/she/it is travestying
we are travestying
you are travestying
they are travestying
Present Perfect
I have travestied
you have travestied
he/she/it has travestied
we have travestied
you have travestied
they have travestied
Past Continuous
I was travestying
you were travestying
he/she/it was travestying
we were travestying
you were travestying
they were travestying
Past Perfect
I had travestied
you had travestied
he/she/it had travestied
we had travestied
you had travestied
they had travestied
Future
I will travesty
you will travesty
he/she/it will travesty
we will travesty
you will travesty
they will travesty
Future Perfect
I will have travestied
you will have travestied
he/she/it will have travestied
we will have travestied
you will have travestied
they will have travestied
Future Continuous
I will be travestying
you will be travestying
he/she/it will be travestying
we will be travestying
you will be travestying
they will be travestying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been travestying
you have been travestying
he/she/it has been travestying
we have been travestying
you have been travestying
they have been travestying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been travestying
you will have been travestying
he/she/it will have been travestying
we will have been travestying
you will have been travestying
they will have been travestying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been travestying
you had been travestying
he/she/it had been travestying
we had been travestying
you had been travestying
they had been travestying
Conditional
I would travesty
you would travesty
he/she/it would travesty
we would travesty
you would travesty
they would travesty
Past Conditional
I would have travestied
you would have travestied
he/she/it would have travestied
we would have travestied
you would have travestied
they would have travestied
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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"
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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.
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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:
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Translations

travesty

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

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

[ˈtrævɪstɪ] nparodia
his trial was a travesty of justice → il suo processo è stato una farsa
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References in classic literature ?
The sight of him, so sitting, tragically travestying man, has been considered, and is considered, "educative" by multitudinous audiences.
In the second act, where Lenin is heard speaking in a paraphrase of Algernon and Lady Bracknell, the travestying reaches a climax; it is both ironic and absurd.