Meaning of travesty

trav•es•ty

Pronunciation: (trav'u-stē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -ties, -tied, -ty•ing.
—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 artistic composition so inferior in quality as to be merely a grotesque imitation of its model.
  3. any grotesque or debased likeness or imitation: a travesty of justice.
—v.t.
  1. to make a travesty on; turn (a serious work or subject) to ridicule by burlesquing.
  2. to imitate grotesquely or absurdly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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