noun, plural travesties.
a literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity of style, treatment, or subject matter.
a literary or artistic composition so inferior in quality as to be merely a grotesque imitation of its model.
any grotesque or debased likeness or imitation: a travesty of justice.
verb (used with object), travestied, travestying.
to make a travesty on; turn (a serious work or subject) to ridicule by burlesquing.
to imitate grotesquely or absurdly.

1655–65; < French travesti, past participle of travestir to disguise < Italian travestire, equivalent to tra- (< Latin trāns- trans-) + vestire to clothe < Latin vestīre; see vest

untravestied, adjective

1. See burlesque. 3. mockery, perversion, sham, distortion. Unabridged
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travesty (ˈtrævɪstɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  a farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody
vb , -ties, -ties, -tying, -tied
2.  (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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Word Origin & History

1674, from adj. meaning "dressed so as to be made ridiculous, parodied, burlesqued" (c.1662), from Fr. travesti "dressed in disguise," pp. of travestir "to disguise" (1592), from It. travestire "to disguise," from L. trans- "over" + vestire "to clothe" (see wear).
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Example sentences
After-images of travesties that clamber into my brain and breed.
Southern writer of considerable ability in travesty, and one whose travesties have had many admirers.
Then it goes on with that similar line of reasoning, beautify their human rights travesties.
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