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Word: travesty

Definition: copy or example of something that completely misrepresents the true nature of the real thing; comical parody or imitation; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous; Ex. travesty of justice; OP. paragon


Sentences Containing 'travesty'

A staple of theatrical burlesque was the display of attractive women in travesty roles, dressed in tights to show off their legs, but the plays themselves were seldom more than modestly risqué.
As such he was bitterly opposed to Ivan Mažuranić and wrote literal travesty of Mažuranić’s poem "The Death of Smail-aga Čengić".
Chung called the movie "a travesty," relating that its public screening made him feel "helpless, humiliated, and sad."
He decried the attempt by Henry Tang to shift political responsibility from himself, as the relevant minister, to a senior civil servant, as a travesty of justice, and said it went against the Accountability System.
His "Quixote" is not so much a translation as a travesty, and a travesty that for coarseness, vulgarity, and buffoonery is almost unexampled even in the literature of that day.
His trial is a mockery and travesty of justice.
Ken Norton (a rival of Ali) who was commentating at ringside had the fight even on his own scorecard. Lester Bromberg (former "Ring magazine" editor) called the decision a "travesty".
They are quite simply a travesty in the name of art."
Victorian burlesque, sometimes known as "travesty" or "extravaganza", was popular in London theatres between the 1830s and the 1890s.
“"A Gross Misconduct penalty shall be assessed any player or team official who conducts herself in such a manner as to make a travesty of the game."” Enforcement of penalties.

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