• WordNet 3.6
    • v travesty make a travesty of
    • n travesty a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
    • n travesty a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Travesty A burlesque translation or imitation of a work. "The second edition is not a recast, but absolutely a travesty of the first."
    • a Travesty Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; -- applied to a book or shorter composition.
    • v. t Travesty To translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous. "I see poor Lucan travestied , not appareled in his Roman toga, but under the cruel shears of an English tailor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • travesty Disguised; burlesqued.
    • travesty To disguise by a change of vesture.
    • travesty 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 travesty 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 travesty Synonyms Burlesque, Parody, etc. See caricature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Travesty trav′es-ti having on the vesture or appearance of another: disguised so as to be ridiculous
    • n Travesty a kind of burlesque in which the original characters are preserved, the situations parodied
    • v.t Travesty to turn into burlesque
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  • V. Raymond Edman
    V. Raymond Edman
    “Evangelical faith without Christian ethics is a travesty on the gospel.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. travesti, p. p. of travestir, to disguise, to travesty, It. travestire, fr. L. trans, across, over + vestire, to dress, clothe. See Vest


In literature:

What is the meaning of this strange travesty?
"Little Masterpieces of Science:" by Various
What do you mean by taking up my time with this travesty on an automobile?
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
On Jan went, anywhere, anywhere away from the garden of Khama and that travesty of love, as she conceived it.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
It's merely a travesty of the Swiss law of divorce.
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
Good souls, I suppose, must sometimes read it in the blackguard travesty of a translation.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was a sad travesty of the human form, undersized, humped and crooked.
"The Fate of Felix Brand" by Florence Finch Kelly
But that travestie of a great truth is not confined to those old Greeks.
"Lectures Delivered in America in 1874" by Charles Kingsley
To ape a sentiment, even a good one, is to travesty a sentiment; that will not be helpful.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sir Louis Jette and Mr Aylesworth declined to sign the award, and declared it in part a 'grotesque travesty of justice.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
Scarron, who had travestied Virgil, was not the man to spare La Calprenede, and he does not lose his opportunity.
"The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare" by J. J. Jusserand

In poetry:

These terraced buildings sooty black
Are travesties of one
The Tewas laid upon the track
Between War God and Sun.
"Notan" by Norman MacLeod
Ran an animal unzoological,
Without a fate, without a fact,
Its private history intact
Against the travesty
Of an anatomy.
"Yes And No" by Laura Riding Jackson
Great men withstood him many a weary day;
In Press and Parliament full well they strove:
But all in vain, for he was bound to play
A travesty on Jove!
"Arms And The Man - The Oaks And The Tempest" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Everyone and their mother are losing their minds over the travesty that happened last night in Seattle.
Sen Manchin decries MTV's "Buckwild" as a " travesty ".
Travesty by Travis Williamson.
Triumphs, a Travesty , and a Tragedy.
Blunt's new task force is a travesty .
Howard's exit would be ' travesty '.
Shaquille O'Neal said Tuesday it would be a " travesty " if Dwight Howard leaves the Orlando Magic.
Textbook case of travesty .
Taking a Travesty to End a Travesty .
Berkman calls Astros potential move to the American League 'a travesty .
"I think it's a travesty ," former Astro Lance Berkman said of the potential Astros move to the American League.
Travesty on the Green.
Items tagged with The Scottish Play A Travesty .
Whitney project a travesty .
Travesty on "Dancing with The Stars" as the Hoff Heads Home.