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English definition of “travesty”

travesty

noun [C] uk   /ˈtræv.ə.sti/ formal us  
something that fails to represent the values and qualities that it is intended to represent, in a way that is shocking or offensive: Their production of 'Macbeth' was quite the worst I've ever seen - it was a travesty. Langdale described the court ruling as a travesty of justice.
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