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
Syn: parody
The trial was a travesty of justice.
His claim is a travesty of the facts.
a travesty of a marriage
Word Origin:
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 ; p. pr. & vb. n. Travesting.]
I see poor Lucan travestied, not appareled in his Roman toga, but under the cruel shears of an English tailor.

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