Synonyms & Antonyms of travesty

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1 a poor, insincere, or insulting imitation of something
  • rigged from the start, his trial was a travesty of justice

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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

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Synonyms of travesty (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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How does the noun travesty differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of travesty are burlesque, caricature, and parody. While all these words mean "a comic or grotesque imitation," travesty implies that the subject remains unchanged but that the style is extravagant or absurd.

this production is a travesty of the opera

When could burlesque be used to replace travesty?

The words burlesque and travesty are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment.

a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court

Where would caricature be a reasonable alternative to travesty?

While the synonyms caricature and travesty are close in meaning, caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject.

caricatures of politicians in cartoons

When would parody be a good substitute for travesty?

The words parody and travesty can be used in similar contexts, but 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

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The first known use of travesty was in 1667

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“Travesty.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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