- The definition of a travesty is an imitation that is grossly incorrect.
An example of travesty is a production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that makes the play look meaningless.
- Travesty is defined as to ridicule or make a parody of something.
An example of travesty is to create a film that makes all romantic comedies look silly.
- 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 of travestyorigin, originally an adjective from French travesti, past participle of travestir, to disguise, travesty from Italian travestire from Classical Latin trans-, trans- + vestire, to dress, attire: see vest
transitive verb-·tied, -·ty·ing
- A debased or grotesque likeness: elections that were a travesty of democracy.
- An exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work.
transitive verbtrav·es·tied, trav·es·ty·ing, trav·es·ties
Origin of travestyFrom obsolete disguised, burlesqued from French travesti past participle of travestir to disguise, parody from Italian travestire Latin trāns- trans- Latin vestīre to dress ( from vestis garment ; see wes-2 in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present travesties, present participle travestying, simple past and past participle travestied)
- To make a travesty of; to parody.