Do the usages" It would be a pity if.." and "it would be a travesty if.." mean the same?
Are the two interchangeable?
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Since both words can function along a common continuum of meaning, there can be situational occurrences where they are interchangeable, but as a general rule, they are meant to convey two different things, and most always will not have the same meaning.
"It's a pity that the 98 year old woman died of her illness." vs.
"It's a travesty that the 98 year old woman died of her illness."
"It's a pity that the child died of a medical error." vs.
"It's a travesty that the child died of a medical error."
None of these four sentences are interchangeable in meaning.