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Definition: 1. a false or exaggerated representation of something; 2. something that imitates something else, usually in a grotesque or distorted manner, and meant as a parody

Synonyms: spoof, distortion, farce, mockery, parody, sham, ridicule, lampoon

Antonyms: copy, accuracy

Tips: Travesty is derived from the French travesti, which means "dressed in a disguise." Travesty has come to mean "mockery or sham." "Travesty of justice" is a common saying in Modern English and refers to a mockery of justice.

Usage Examples:

It would be a travesty of justice to put a man in jail for a crime he did not commit. (mockery, distortion)

It is a travesty when state employees are on welfare. (sham, farce)

The school's rendition of "Annie" was a travesty and didn't do the play justice. (mockery, lampoon)

Your presentation was a travesty, and I can't believe you expected anyone to take you seriously. (mockery, sham)

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