travesty

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French travestir (to disguise), from Latin trāns (over) + vestīre (to clothe). Doublet of transvest.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹæv.əs.ti/
  • Hyphenation: trav‧es‧ty

Noun[edit]

travesty (plural travesties)

  1. An absurd or grotesque misrepresentation.
    • De Quincey
      The second edition is not a recast, but absolutely a travesty of the first.
  2. A parody or stylistic imitation.
  3. (pejorative) A grossly inferior imitation.
    A battlefield trial is a travesty of justice.
  4. An appalling version of something.
    • 2018 February 10, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 0 Arsenal”, in BBC[1]:
      Spurs survived the scare - and such was their domination after the break that it would have been a travesty had Arsenal escaped Wembley, hosting a Premier League record attendance of 83,222, with a draw.

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Verb[edit]

travesty (third-person singular simple present travesties, present participle travestying, simple past and past participle travestied)

  1. (transitive) To make a travesty of; to parody.

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