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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 "Sweeney Todd" was the worst I've ever seen - it was a travesty. Langdale described the court ruling as a travesty of justice.
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in Chinese (Traditional) 拙劣的模仿, 嘲弄, 歪曲…
in Russian пародия, издевательство…
in Turkish kötü/berbat taklit, gülünç taklit…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拙劣的模仿, 嘲弄, 歪曲…
in Polish parodia…
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