Travesty

  • 1 travesty — [trav′is tē] n. pl. travesties [orig. an adj. < Fr travesti, pp. of travestir, to disguise, travesty < It travestire < L trans , TRANS + vestire, to dress, attire: see VEST] 1. a grotesque or farcical imitation for purposes of ridicule;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 Travesty — Trav es*ty, a. [F. travesti, p. p. of travestir to disguise, to travesty, It. travestire, fr. L. trans across, over + vestire to dress, clothe. See {Vest}.] Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; applied to a book or shorter… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Travesty — Trav es*ty, n.; pl. {Travesties}. A burlesque translation or imitation of a work. [1913 Webster] The second edition is not a recast, but absolutely a travesty of the first. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 travesty — n *caricature, parody, burlesque travesty vb caricature, parody, burlesque (see under CARICATURE n) Analogous words: *copy, mimic, ape, mock, imitate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 travesty — [n] spoof, ridicule burlesque, caricature, distortion, exaggeration, farce, lampoon, lampoonery, mimicry, mock, mockery, parody, perversion, play, put on*, roast*, satire, sendup*, sham*, takeoff*; concepts 273,292 Ant. seriousness, solemnity… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 Travesty — Trav es*ty, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Travestied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Travesting}.] To translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous. [1913 Webster] I see poor Lucan travestied, not appareled in his Roman toga, but under the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 travesty — I noun burlesque, burlesque translation, caricature, crude presentation, distortion, exaggeration, farce, imitation, lampoon, low comedy, ludicrous presentation, mimicry, mockery, parody, perversion, ridicule, take off II index caricature,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 travesty — 1670s, from adjective meaning dressed so as to be made ridiculous, parodied, burlesqued (c.1660s), from Fr. travesti dressed in disguise, pp. of travestir to disguise (1590s), from It. travestire to disguise, from L. trans over (see TRANS (Cf.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 travesty — ► NOUN (pl. travesties) ▪ an absurd or grotesque misrepresentation. ► VERB (travesties, travestied) ▪ represent in such a way. ORIGIN from French travestir to disguise …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 travesty — /trav euh stee/, n., pl. travesties, v., travestied, travestying. n. 1. a literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity of style, treatment, or subject matter. 2. a literary or… …

    Universalium

  • 11 travesty — n. 1) to make a travesty of 2) a shocking travesty 3) a travesty of, on * * * [ trævɪstɪ] on a shocking travesty a travesty of to make a travesty of …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 travesty — I. transitive verb ( tied; tying) Date: 1673 to make a travesty of ; parody II. noun (plural ties) Etymology: obsolete English travesty disguised, parodied, from French travesti, past participle of travestir to disguise, from Italian …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 travesty — [17] Travesty and transvestite [20] are first cousins. Both are compounded of the Latin elements trāns ‘across’ and vestīre ‘clothe’ (source of English vest, vestment, etc), but they are separate formations. Travesty comes ultimately from Italian …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 travesty — trav|es|ty [ˈtrævısti] n plural travesties [C usually singular] [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: travesti having the usual appearance changed , from travestir to disguise , from Italian travestire, from tra across (from Latin trans ) + vestire …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 travesty — [[t]træ̱vəsti[/t]] travesties N COUNT: oft N of n If you describe something as a travesty of another thing, you mean that it is a very bad representation of that other thing. Her research suggests that Smith s reputation today is a travesty of… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 travesty — /ˈtrævəsti / (say travuhstee) noun (plural travesties) 1. any grotesque or debased likeness or imitation: a travesty of justice. 2. a literary composition characterised by burlesque or ludicrous treatment of a serious work or subject. 3. literary …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 travesty — [17] Travesty and transvestite [20] are first cousins. Both are compounded of the Latin elements trāns ‘across’ and vestīre ‘clothe’ (source of English vest, vestment, etc), but they are separate formations. Travesty comes ultimately from Italian …

    Word origins

  • 18 travesty — 1. noun ˈtɹæ.vəs.ti/ a) An absurd or grotesque misrepresentation A battlefield trial is a travesty of justice. b) A parody or stylistic imitation. Syn: caricature …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 travesty — n. & v. n. (pl. ies) a grotesque misrepresentation or imitation (a travesty of justice). v.tr. ( ies, ied) make or be a travesty of. Etymology: (orig. adj.) f. F travesti past part. of travestir disguise, change the clothes of, f. It. travestire… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 travesty — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. caricature, burlesque, farce, parody, lampoon, takeoff (inf.), spoof (sl.); fiasco; absurdity. See ridicule, imitation. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. burlesque, spoof, mockery, perversion; see parody . See… …

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