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A travesty is an absurd or grotesque misrepresentation, a parody, or grossly inferior imitation.

In literary or theatrical contexts it may refer to:

  • Travesti (theatre) (also spelled travesty), the portrayal of a character in a play, opera, or ballet by a performer of the opposite sex
  • Burlesque, a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects
  • Victorian burlesque, a genre of theatrical entertainment popular in Victorian England and New York theatre in the mid-19th century

See also[edit]

  • Travesti, a term used in South American cultures for a person who was born male but has a feminine gender identity
  • Travesties, a comedy by Tom Stoppard (1974)
  • Texas Travesty, a humor magazine published by students at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Travesty generator, a computer program that generates random text from an example