Definition of travesty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtrævəsti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrævəsti//
(pl. travesties)
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travesty (of something) something that does not have the qualities or values that it should have, and as a result is often shocking or offensive synonym parody The trial was a travesty of justice. His claim is a travesty of the facts. a travesty of a marriage Word Originmid 17th cent. (as an adjective in the sense ‘dressed to appear ridiculous’): from French travesti ‘disguised’, past participle of travestir, from Italian travestire, from trans- ‘across’ + vestire ‘clothe’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: travesty