- Travesties are distortions of something.
Gross misstatements of the truth that completely distort what actually occurred are examples of travesties of the truth.
Variant of travesty
- 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 adjective from French travesti, past participle of travestir, to disguise, travesty from Italian travestire from Classical Latin trans-, trans- plush vestire, to dress, attire: see vest
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