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Meaning of TRAVESTY

Pronunciation:  'travistee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
  2. [n]  a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
  3. [v]  make a parody of

TRAVESTY is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: burlesque, charade, farce, farce comedy, lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff
 See Also: caricature, comedy, imitation, impersonation, parody, spoof



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Trav"es*ty\, a. [F. travesti, p. p. of travestir to
    disguise, to travesty, It. travestire, fr. L. trans across,
    over + vestire to dress, clothe. See {Vest}.]
    Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; --
    applied to a book or shorter composition. [R.]
  2. \Trav"es*ty\, n.; pl. {Travesties}.
    A burlesque translation or imitation of a work.
          The second edition is not a recast, but absolutely a
          travesty of the first.                   --De Quincey.
  3. \Trav"es*ty\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Travestied}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Travesting}.]
    To translate, imitate, or represent, so as to render
    ridiculous or ludicrous.
          I see poor Lucan travestied, not appareled in his Roman
          toga, but under the cruel shears of an English tailor.