[t_ɹ_ˈa_v_ə_s_t_ˌɪ], [tɹˈavəstˌɪ], [tɹˈavəstˌɪ]

Definitions of travesty:

  1.   make a parody of
  2.   To translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous.
  3.   A burlesque translation or imitation of a work.
  4.   Having on the vesture or dress of another: disguised so as to be ridiculous.
  5.   To parody; to represent so as to make ludicrous.
  6.   Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous.
  7.   To represent, as a serious work, in a burlesque style.
  8.   To burlesque.
  9.   a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
  10.   A burlesque or parody; any absurd or grotesque likeness.
  11.   A kind of burlesque in which the original characters are preserved, the situations parodied.
  12.   Travestying.
  13.   A grotesque imitation; burlesque.
  14.   make a travesty of
  15.   To turn into burlesque.
  16.   To parody.
  17.   Travestied.
  18.   a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
  19.   A parody in which a serious subject is treated in a ludicrous manner.
  20.   Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; - applied to a book or shorter composition.
  21.   The representation of a serious work in a burlesque style.

Antonyms for travesty:

tribute, homage.

Quotes for travesty:

  1. Rotten travesty Yeah. Send me to jail for contempt. Try that. Go ahead. – Jack Kevorkian
  2. I would love to support Hillary for president if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation because she supports it. – Cindy Sheehan

Usage examples for travesty:

  1. And in that travesty of liberty, which the whole civilized world may well shudder at, all mercy, pity and toleration are alike scorned. ” – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  2. If I tried till my death- day, I should never arrive at any thing but a miserable travesty – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
  3. The Propos Rustiques, too, are interesting because they underwent a singular travesty in the next century, and appeared under a new and misleading title. ” – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  4. It had been an unbroken law that Dan should keep out of the shop with his comrades; now he strode forward with an absurd travesty of manliness, and demanded liquor for himself and his friends at his father's hands. ” – Strangers and Wayfarers by Sarah Orne Jewett
  5. But it seemed a sad travesty that the mother country should send succor too late. ” – A Little Girl in Old Quebec by Amanda Millie Douglas
  6. “ No harm could be done by the broadest burlesque, the most irreverent travesty for these would still leave the ideal untouched. ” – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  7. The proceedings indeed were, from the legal point of view, a mere travesty of justice. ” – History of Holland by George Edmundson
  8. The majority of the Negro Baptist ministry trained in the schools of the American Baptist Home Mission Society at first adhered to this organization and persisted in using the Sunday school literature of the American Baptist Publication Society, deriding the publication efforts of the Negro Baptists as the greatest travesty on Biblical literature. ” – The History of the Negro Church by Carter Godwin Woodson
  9. Almost ten years ago it was being finished and furnished for the splendid woman in the opposite room, and by a strange travesty of fate he has brought her here to- day. ” – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  10. It has been a scandal to the medical profession, a source of travesty to judicial procedure and all too often a means of defeating the ends of justice. ” – The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt by Oliver Remey Henry Cochems Wheeler Bloodgood
  11. “ A Frenchman is the travesty of human nature; every sentiment of his is the parody of what it ought to be. ” – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  12. The people lived from day to day and left their homes not knowing whether they should return to them or whether they should be dragged from the streets and thrown into the dungeons of that travesty of courts, the Revolutionary Committee, more terrible and more bloody than those of the Mediaeval Inquisition. ” – Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski
  13. The evidence, like the trial, was a travesty of justice. ” – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  14. The Captain waited until the silence was a palpable thing made alive by the rhythmic breathing of the men who were to look upon this new travesty of justice. ” – The Gringos by B. M. Bower
  15. “ Conventions, on the other hand, are the very life of the musical drama, which is in its whole scheme a travesty on nature and a violation of dramatic art. ” – Famous Prima Donnas by Lewis Clinton Strang
  16. “ I cannot but think that the travesty of divine truth that has so long prevailed in the guise of orthodoxy, is responsible to a large extent for the practical infidelity that exists in the Christian world to- day. ” – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  17. But no man standing where Roberts does to- day among the leaders of a great party can fall into such a pit of shame without weakening the faith of the young and making a travesty of virtue and honor. ” – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  18. Well, to realize all that, to feel the degradation of her nature, to lie, sick with exhaustion, on the broken slats of her bed under a ravelled- out travesty of a quilt, and get up morning after morning in an iron winter dark- to experience that in your spirit and put it into durable metal, hard stone- is to hold beauty in your hands. ” – Linda Condon by Joseph Hergesheimer
  19. Though his sentiments may be truly Arabian, his figure, as I have remarked, is a travesty on that of the typical Arabian- the Arab of the boundless and comfortless desert. ” – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield
  20. It would have opened the eyes of some of my readers to the irreconcilable antagonism between the Roman Church and science; but though I translated and summarised my author faithfully, the result had all the appearance of a malicious travesty – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge

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