noun (plural travesties)
- A false, absurd, or distorted representation of something: the absurdly lenient sentence is a travesty of justiceMore example sentences
- The participants are adults, they know what they are in for and if it is a travesty of human dignity, it is a victimless travesty because they want to do it and we want to watch it.
- What eventually took its place was a travesty of the real thing, a mockery of the power that could raise men to heaven and give them the glimpse of God for which they gladly died.
- The second lesson must be that we need to understand that blaming the residents of Sighthill for the events of the past week is simply misguided and a travesty of the truth.
verb (travesties, travestying, travestied)[with object] Back to top
- Represent in a false, absurd, or distorted way: Michael has betrayed the family by travestying them in his playsMore example sentences
- Still, if the only way you can sell - I mean, with free seating, give away - the classics is by travestying them, why bother?
- I wish you had come a couple of days earlier and seen a concert performance they gave us, travestying the coaches.
- The film adds up to some interesting although unrevealing character studies of mostly invisible lives, lives that travestied the deep convictions and moral anguish of so many Americans during the 1960s.
mid 17th century (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'.