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travesty

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transitive verb trav·es·ty \ˈtra-və-stē\

Definition of travesty

travestied

travestying

  1. :  to make a travesty of :  parody



Examples of travesty in a sentence

  1. <this comedy sketch mindlessly travesties the hard work of relief workers around the world>



Did You Know?

The word travesty comes from the same prefix and root as transvestite. Since cross-dressing often isn't very convincing, the word has usually referred to something absurd. So a verdict that angers people may be denounced as a "travesty of justice". Saturday Night Live specializes in dramatic travesties mocking everything from political figures and issues to popular culture—"disguised" versions intended for entertainment. Travesty may also be a verb; thus, Mel Brooks has travestied movie genres of all kinds—westerns, thrillers, and silent films, among others.

1673

First Known Use of travesty

1673


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travesty

noun trav·es·ty

Simple Definition of travesty

  • : something that is shocking, upsetting, or ridiculous because it is not what it is supposed to be

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of travesty

plural

travesties

  1. 1 :  a burlesque translation or literary or artistic imitation usually grotesquely incongruous in style, treatment, or subject matter

  2. 2 :  a debased, distorted, or grossly inferior imitation <a travesty of justice>

Examples of travesty in a sentence

  1. It is a travesty and a tragedy that so many people would be denied the right to vote.

  2. The trial was a travesty of justice.



Origin and Etymology of travesty

obsolete English travesty disguised, parodied, from French travesti, past participle of travestir to disguise, from Italian travestire, from tra- across (from Latin trans-) + vestire to dress, from Latin — more at vest


First Known Use: 1674

Synonym Discussion of travesty

caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty mean a comic or grotesque imitation. caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject <caricatures of politicians in cartoons>. burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment <a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court>. parody applies especially to treatment of a trivial or ludicrous subject in the exactly imitated style of a well-known author or work <a witty parody of a popular novel>. travesty implies that the subject remains unchanged but that the style is extravagant or absurd <this production is a travesty of the opera>.


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