Variant of travesty
noun pl. travesties
- a grotesque or farcical imitation for purposes of ridicule; burlesque
- a crude, distorted, or ridiculous representation (of something): a trial that was a travesty of justice
Origin: orig. an adj. < Fr travesti, pp. of travestir, to disguise, travesty < It travestire < L trans-, trans- + vestire, to dress, attire: see vest
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