Definitions for travestyˈtræv ə sti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trav•es•ty*ˈtræv ə sti(n.)(pl.)-ties

  1. (n.)a grotesque or debased likeness or imitation of something:

    a travesty of justice.

  2. a literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity.

    Category: Literature, Showbiz

  3. (v.t.)to burlesque; mock.

    Category: Literature, Showbiz

* Syn: See burlesque.

Origin of travesty:

1655–65; < F travesti, ptp. of travestir to disguise < It travestire=tra- (< L trā-, var. of trāns-trans -) +vestire to clothe < L vestīre

Princeton's WordNet

  1. farce, farce comedy, travesty(noun)

    a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations

  2. parody, lampoon, spoof, sendup, mockery, takeoff, burlesque, travesty, charade, pasquinade, put-on(verb)

    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

  3. travesty(verb)

    make a travesty of


  1. travesty(Noun)

    An absurd or grotesque misrepresentation

  2. travesty(Noun)

    A parody or stylistic imitation.

  3. travesty(Noun)

    A grossly inferior imitation.

    A battlefield trial is a travesty of justice.

  4. travesty(Verb)

    To make a travesty of; to parody.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Travesty(adj)

    disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; -- applied to a book or shorter composition

  2. Travesty(noun)

    a burlesque translation or imitation of a work

  3. Travesty(verb)

    to translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous


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