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50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: Travesty

“It’s a travesty.” Is it really?

When something truly terrible happens, it’s probably not a travesty. The word “travesty” is often misused, when the right word might be “tragedy.”

What is a travesty? 

Properly defined, this word points to a distortion, falsehood, or absurdity.  A travesty may even be a mockery or perversion of something real. A caricature, burlesque, farce, or sham might be called a travesty.

A simply horrible actual turn of events would likely not be. One might say it would be a travesty to paint a tragedy thusly.

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