Etymology
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travesty (n.)

1670s, "literary burlesque of a serious work," from adjective meaning "dressed so as to be made ridiculous, parodied, burlesqued" (1660s), from French travesti "dressed in disguise," past participle of travestir "to disguise" (1590s), from Italian travestire "to disguise," from Latin trans "across, beyond; over" (see trans-) + vestire "to clothe" (from PIE *wes- (2) "to clothe," extended form of root *eu- "to dress").

updated on May 24, 2017

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Definitions of travesty from WordNet
1
travesty (n.)
a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations;
Synonyms: farce / farce comedy
travesty (n.)
a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way;
Synonyms: parody / lampoon / spoof / sendup / send-up / mockery / takeoff / burlesque / pasquinade / put-on
2
travesty (v.)
make a travesty of;
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