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If something is a ‘travesty’ then it fails to embody the qualities or values it is supposed to represent in a way that is highly shocking or offensive. It is something that makes a mockery of how things should operate in any society or system that seeks to be fair and just. For that reason, the word is often used in relation to legal matters.
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I can’t believe that the murderer will only serve 5 years. It’s a travesty of justice!
Reports detailing the safety issues needing to be addressed in the factory were ignored, making the eventual accident even more of a travesty.
Everyone knew that that athlete was cheating, so it would have been a complete travesty if he had won the gold medal.