tragedy vs travesty :

tragedy or 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.

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  • 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

  • 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
News & Articles

  • Earnhardt Reflects On How NASCAR Reacts To Tragedy
    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. dealt with the aftermath of his famous father's death more than a decade ago. He was asked Saturday how the racing community's reaction to tragedy has changed
    June 16, 2013 - WRIC 8 News Richmond
  • Prep rodeo: Tragedy strikes twice, but cowgirl perseveres
    Prep rodeo: Tragedy strikes twice, but cowgirl perseveres by Alex Riggins The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 17, 2013 01:02PM MDT Heber City • Savannah Pratt called her father, Casey, to let him know she was on her way home and would be there in about an hour. Savannah, in between her sophomore and junior year at the time, had just won the Silver State barrel racing championship in Nevada. She ...
    June 15, 2013 - The Salt Lake Tribune
  • 6 months after Sandy Hook tragedy, group rallies in Fargo to raise awareness for new gun legislation
    Today (Friday) marks the 6 month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Tragedy and now a group in Fargo is calling for action. The group "Organization for Action North Dakota" rallied in Fargo today to raise awareness for common sense gun violence prevention legislation.
    June 14, 2013 - WDAZ 8 Grand Forks

  • To save Congress Square, throw all the bums out
    Last month, the Portland City Council’s Housing and Community Development Committee voted 3-1 to enter into closed-door negotiations with the hotel development company vying to buy Congress Square Park. Since then, developments in Istanbul and Old Orchard Beach have shown Portlanders two ways to address this travesty should the full council be foolish enough to approve the sale of our park in ...
    June 13, 2013 - Bangor Daily News
  • Black Community and Elected Officials Demand Justice for Ramarley Graham
    It is a tragedy when a parent has to bury a teenage son who was shot and killed by a police officer. It is an even bigger travesty when justice does not prevail.
    June 13, 2013 - New York Amsterdam News
  • 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 ...
    June 12, 2013 - The Salt Lake Tribune