American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work.
- n. A debased or grotesque likeness: a travesty of justice. See Synonyms at caricature.
- v. To make a travesty of; parody or ridicule.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disguised; burlesqued.
- To disguise by a change of vesture.
- In lit., to give such a literary treatment or setting to (a serious production) as to render it ridiculous or ludicrous; hence, by extension, to burlesque; imitate so as to render absurd or grotesque. See travesty, n.
- n. In lit., a burlesque treatment or setting of a subject which had originally been handled in a serious manner; hence, by extension, any burlesque or ludicrous imitation, whether intentional or not; a grotesque or absurd resemblance. Travesty is in strict use to be distinguished from
parody: in the latter the subject-matter and characters are changed, and the language and style of the original are humorously imitated; in travesty the characters and the subject-matter remain substantially the same, the language becoming absurd or grotesque.
- n. Synonyms Burlesque, Parody, etc. See caricature.
- n. An absurd or grotesque misrepresentation
- n. A parody or stylistic imitation.
- n. pejorative A grossly inferior imitation.
- v. transitive To make a travesty of; to parody.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; -- applied to a book or shorter composition.
- n. A burlesque translation or imitation of a work.
- v. To translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous.
- n. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
- n. a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
- v. make a travesty of
- From French travestir ("to disguise"), from Latin trans ("over") + vestire ("to clothe"). (Wiktionary)
- From obsolete, disguised, burlesqued, from French travesti, past participle of travestir, to disguise, parody, from Italian travestire : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin vestīre, to dress (from vestis, garment). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And if this travesty is allowed to stand, very few new and fabulous writers will be able to follow the path I've walked.”
“My earlier post on this travesty is here, including a link that casts considerable doubt on any pretensions of "impartiality" by Mark Thompson himself.”
“To even mention the possibility of creating such a travesty is a crime, and not a very organized one.”
“Pennsylvania's Supreme Court addressing what it calls a travesty of justice by a judge accused of putting cash over kids.”
“Though I have maintained medical insurance throughout my adult life – at great expense, especially during periods of unemployment – This I vow: if this disgusting travesty is signed into law I will immediately and permanently drop my coverage.”
“However, the big travesty is that if you live in Manhattan delivery is free – you live in the Bronx and the sale is no sale at all.”
“Also, consider the fact that this travesty is happening within the context of a civilization that believes that knowledge shall set you free!”
“That believers choose to impose scripture and their peculiar interpretations of same on others is equivalent in travesty to its functional opposite, the attempted imposition of atheism on believers.”
“The commentary suggested that Chinese distrust of western intervention lay behind the veto, which was described as a "travesty" by Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state.”
“Another prime example of this horror film travesty is Hostel 1 & 2.”
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