Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Oct
14
2013

travesty

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trae vih sti

noun
1. an exaggerated or grotesque imitation or parody, as of a literary work or serious subject, made to ridicule the original.
example: His symphonies are a hilarious travesty of classical music.

2. something so grotesque or inferior as to seem a parody.
example: The unethical, self-serving practices of these reporters represent a travesty of honest journalism.

transitive verb
to make a travesty of; ridicule, mock, or parody.
example: A sketch that travestied university professors angered some and delighted others.