tragedy vs travesty : Common Errors in English

About tragedy vs travesty

“Travesty” has farcical connotations; it’s actually related to “transvestite.” A disaster that could be described as a farce or a degraded imitation may be called a travesty: “The trial—since the defense lawyer slept through most of it—was a travesty of justice.” A tragedy is an altogether more serious matter.

tragedy Meaning(s)

  • (n) an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
  • (n) drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity

travesty Meaning(s)

  • (n) a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
  • (n) a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
  • (v) make a travesty of

tragedy in News

  1. Triumph and Tragedy: Carr and Spanier medal at MSHSL Class A track & field championships, LaFollette suffers serious ...

    Some medaled, others missed out on qualifying for the finals, and one left Klas Field on crutches. The 2013 MSHSL Class A track & field championships, Friday and Saturday in St. Paul, were filled with triumph and tragedy for area’s athletes.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Pipestone County Star

  2. Bruins have not forgotten tragedy

    As Boston soldiers on after Marathon tragedy, so does its hockey team.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Fox Sports

  3. Tragedy in Boston doesn't stop runners from returning

    There's a certain mentality you have to have as an athlete. It's the "Never give up, never back down" kind of attitude. The tragedy from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings hasn't changed that. In fact, for several East Tennessee runners, it's only enhanced it.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: WBIR-TV Knoxville

travesty in News

  1. Sides battle at hearing over West Davis freeway

    Sides battle at hearing over West Davis freeway by Lee Davidson The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 11, 2013 08:46PM MDT Farmington • Scores of protesters opposing the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway blasted a song Tuesday outside a public hearing to show their opinion of the road: “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC. “It’s a travesty,” said Heather Dove, past president of Great Salt Lake Audubon ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. Agent: Pacman's arrest 'travesty of justice'

    Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones was arrested on one count of assault for punching a woman outside a bar, a city prosecutor told to The Cincinnati Enquirer. Jones' agent, Pater Schaffer, told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Jones slapped the woman after she threw a beer bottle at him. Schaffer called the arrest "a travesty of justice." Jones announced that he was arrested on Twitter ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: ESPN Blogs

  3. Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones tweets he was arrested for ‘protecting himself’

    Troubled NFL cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones tweeted he was arrested for “protecting himself” on Monday. Jones’ agent Peter Schaffer called the arrest a “travesty of justice” and said police haven’t spoken to Jones.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

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