trav·esty [travesty travesties travestied travestying] BrE [ˈtrævəsti] NAmE [ˈtrævəsti] noun (pl. trav·esties)~ (of sth)
something that does not have the qualities or values that it should have, and as a result is often shocking or offensive
• The trial was a travesty of justice.
• His claim is a travesty of the facts.
• a travesty of a marriage
mid 17th cent. (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’.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|a.||1.||Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; - applied to a book or shorter composition.|
|n.||1.||A burlesque translation or imitation of a work.|
The second edition is not a recast, but absolutely a travesty of the first.
|v. t.||1.||To translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous.|
[imp. & p. p. Travestied
I see poor Lucan travestied, not appareled in his Roman toga, but under the cruel shears of an English tailor.
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