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travesty

A travesty is a cheap mockery, usually of something or someone serious, such as a travesty of justice.

In literature, a travesty is a work that humorously and crudely imitates another work or style. But you can also use this word to describe anything that seems to mock, distort, or poorly imitate something else. A travesty of justice, for example, is a court case that makes a mockery of the judicial system — or so you might think, if the verdict isn't in your favor. Travesty comes from the French travesti, meaning "dressed in disguise."

Definitions of travesty
  1. noun
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
    synonyms: burlesque, charade, lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff
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    type of:
    caricature, imitation, impersonation
    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
  2. noun
    a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
    synonyms: farce, farce comedy
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    type of:
    comedy
    light and humorous drama with a happy ending
  3. noun
    a distorted, debased, or absurd imitation of something
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    type of:
    imitation
    something copied or derived from an original
  4. verb
    make a travesty of
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    type of:
    burlesque, parody, spoof
    make a parody of
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