Pronunciation: (trav'u-stē), [key]
—n., pl. -ties,
—v., -tied, -ty•ing.
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.
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.