What does the word travesty mean?

Usage examples for travesty

  1. It would have opened the eyes of some of my readers to the irreconcilable antagonism between the Roman Church and science; but though I translated and summarised my author faithfully, the result had all the appearance of a malicious travesty. – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
  2. Bareheaded women, hollow- cheeked men, little girls and boys, and all with bundles, some pathetically small, done up in white or blue cloths, and some huge and grotesque, under which the peasants stagger along through the streets that were fashionable streets only just now, and now have turned into a sort of sad travesty of the streets of some distant village. – A Woman's Experience in the Great War by Louise Mack