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Often used in discussions of art or culture to criticize a poor imitation. SlideThe student theater’s production was a travesty of the Broadway hit.
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Implies a disrespectful or insulting misrepresentation, sparking amusement or indignation. SlideCalling that a gourmet meal is a travesty of cooking!
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Sometimes used humorously to exaggerate how bad something is. SlideHis attempt to dance was a travesty that had everyone laughing.