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travestynoun [C]

uk   /ˈtræv.ə.sti/  us   /ˈtræv.ə.sti/ formal
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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travestynoun [C]

 us   /ˈtræv·ə·sti/
something that completely fails to do what it is intended or expected to do, and therefore seems ridiculous: The police chief called the judge’s ruling a travesty of justice.
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