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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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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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“Travesty.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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