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Definition an offensive misrepresentation of what should be expected
  • If he were executed for this alleged crime it would be a travesty on justice.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Helene's face is white as bone, her mind, like mine, unable to take in the travesty occurring in front of our eyes.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I am a travesty, in bad make-up and someone else's clothes, used glitz.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • The nurse placed in my hand a shiny blade, and I realized then that it was a travesty and I was not a surgeon, that I had never cut into living flesh.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "I have to think it's a travesty.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • It was revolting to hear his mother travestied into Esmiss Esmoor, a Hindu goddess.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He was the central clown in an unconscious travesty of that famous oil painting, 'The Spirit of '76.'
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • How to explain this travesty of accuracy?
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • This travesty must not stand!
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • "What a travesty," Nix sighed, shaking his head.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • That word quoted from Mrs. Cadwallader seemed like a mocking travesty wrought in the dark by an impish finger.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • There is a kind of travesty of humanity over there.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Was putting up a memorial for him a tragedy or a travesty?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Lord Bolton had accoutred him as a knight, preferring to ignore the missing hand that made such warlike garb a travesty.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Surely such a travesty has never occurred.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Archery was an even bigger travesty.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Witnesses parade in, there is the travesty of a trial, and Ercole meets his end in a refreshingly simple mass stabbing.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • No possible way for this latest travesty to end up in the press.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • The bitter mocking quality of her voice intensified, a travesty of a child's normal speech.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He withdrew after a short travesty of a French bow; Abe pulled himself to his feet with the deliberation of a locomotive.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night

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