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travesty

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of travesty

  1. 1 a poor, insincere, or insulting imitation of something rigged from the start, his trial was a travesty of justice Synonyms of travesty caricature, cartoon, farce, joke, parody, sham, mockeryWords Related to travesty burlesque, comedy; lampoon, takeoff; counterfeit, fake, feigning, forgery, hoax, humbug, knockoff, phony (also phoney), pretense (or pretence), sham, simulationNear Antonyms of travesty homage, tribute

  2. 2 a work that imitates and exaggerates another work for comic effect the big-screen version of the classic sitcom is actually a good-natured travesty of the TV series Synonyms of travesty burlesque, caricature, put-on, rib, send-up, spoof, takeoff, parodyWords Related to travesty lampoon, mockery, satire; comedy, farce, humor, sketch, slapstick, squib; distortion, exaggeration; imitation, impersonation, mimicking

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

travesty

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of travesty

  1. to copy or exaggerate (someone or something) in order to make fun of this comedy sketch mindlessly travesties the hard work of relief workers around the world Synonyms of travesty burlesque, caricature, do, imitate, mock, parody, send up, spoof, mimicWords Related to travesty lampoon, pasquinade, satirize; deride, gibe (or jibe), ridicule; ape, copycat, monkey, parrot; duplicate, emulate, replicate, reproduce; act, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, feign, pretend, sham, simulate; elaborate, embellish, embroider, exaggerate, magnify, pad, play up, stretch; amplify, enhance, enlarge (on or upon), expand, flesh (out), overdraw, overstate, put on; mime, pantomime; impersonate, perform, personate, play


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