travesty NOUN (pl. travesties) an absurd or grotesque misrepresentation.
VERB (travesties, travestied) represent in such a way.
ORIGIN from French travestir 'to disguise' .

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  • travesty — [trav′is tē] n. pl. travesties [orig. an adj. < Fr travesti, pp. of travestir, to disguise, travesty < It travestire < L trans , TRANS + vestire, to dress, attire: see VEST] 1. a grotesque or farcical imitation for purposes of ridicule;… …   English World dictionary

  • Travesty — Trav es*ty, a. [F. travesti, p. p. of travestir to disguise, to travesty, It. travestire, fr. L. trans across, over + vestire to dress, clothe. See {Vest}.] Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; applied to a book or shorter… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Travesty — Trav es*ty, n.; pl. {Travesties}. A burlesque translation or imitation of a work. [1913 Webster] The second edition is not a recast, but absolutely a travesty of the first. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • travesty — n *caricature, parody, burlesque travesty vb caricature, parody, burlesque (see under CARICATURE n) Analogous words: *copy, mimic, ape, mock, imitate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • travesty — [n] spoof, ridicule burlesque, caricature, distortion, exaggeration, farce, lampoon, lampoonery, mimicry, mock, mockery, parody, perversion, play, put on*, roast*, satire, sendup*, sham*, takeoff*; concepts 273,292 Ant. seriousness, solemnity… …   New thesaurus

  • Travesty — Trav es*ty, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Travestied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Travesting}.] To translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous. [1913 Webster] I see poor Lucan travestied, not appareled in his Roman toga, but under the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • travesty — I noun burlesque, burlesque translation, caricature, crude presentation, distortion, exaggeration, farce, imitation, lampoon, low comedy, ludicrous presentation, mimicry, mockery, parody, perversion, ridicule, take off II index caricature,… …   Law dictionary

  • travesty — 1670s, from adjective meaning dressed so as to be made ridiculous, parodied, burlesqued (c.1660s), from Fr. travesti dressed in disguise, pp. of travestir to disguise (1590s), from It. travestire to disguise, from L. trans over (see TRANS (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • travesty — /trav euh stee/, n., pl. travesties, v., travestied, travestying. n. 1. a literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity of style, treatment, or subject matter. 2. a literary or… …   Universalium

  • travesty — n. 1) to make a travesty of 2) a shocking travesty 3) a travesty of, on * * * [ trævɪstɪ] on a shocking travesty a travesty of to make a travesty of …   Combinatory dictionary

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