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TRAV'ESTY, adjective [infra.] Having an unusual dress; disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous. It is applied to a book or composition translated in a manner to make it burlesque.

TRAV'ESTY, noun A parody; a burlesque translation of a work. travesty may be intended to ridicule absurdity, or to convert a grave performance into a humorous one.

TRAV'ESTY, verb transitive To translate into such language as to render ridiculous or ludicrous.

G. Battista Lalli travestied Virgil, or turned him into Italian burlesque verse.