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facetious

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adjective fa·ce·tious \fə-ˈsē-shəs\

Simple Definition of facetious

  • —used to describe speech that is meant to be funny but that is usually regarded as annoying, silly, or not proper

Full Definition of facetious

  1. 1 :  joking or jesting often inappropriately :  waggish <just being facetious>

  2. 2 :  meant to be humorous or funny :  not serious <a facetious remark>

fa·ce·tious·ly adverb
fa·ce·tious·ness noun

Examples of facetious

  1. Nor was Liebling seriously asserting that his facetious bit of investigation into Tin Pan Alley history constituted a refutation of Sartre's philosophy. —Raymond Sokolov, Wayward Reporter, 1980

  2. … old ladies shrivelling to nothing in a forest of flowers and giant facetious get-well cards … —John Updike, Trust Me, 1962

  3. The portrait is good, the prose embroidered here with the facetious parlance—is that the word?—of clubs. —V. S. Pritchett, “Club and Country,” 1949, in A Man of Letters, 1985

  4. <the essay is a facetious commentary on the absurdity of war as a solution for international disputes>

  5. <a facetious and tasteless remark about people in famine-stricken countries being spared the problem of overeating>



Origin of facetious

Middle French facetieux, from facetie jest, from Latin facetia


First Known Use: 1599

Synonym Discussion of facetious

witty, humorous, facetious, jocular, jocose mean provoking or intended to provoke laughter. witty suggests cleverness and quickness of mind <a witty remark>. humorous applies broadly to anything that evokes usually genial laughter and may contrast with witty in suggesting whimsicality or eccentricity <humorous anecdotes>. facetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor <facetious comments>. jocular implies a usually habitual fondness for jesting and joking <a jocular fellow>. jocose is somewhat less derogatory than facetious in suggesting habitual waggishness or playfulness <jocose proposals>.

FACETIOUS Defined for Kids

facetious

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adjective fa·ce·tious \fə-ˈsē-shəs\

Definition of facetious

  1. :  intended or trying to be funny <a facetious remark>

fa·ce·tious·ly adverb


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Facetious is one of the few words in English that contain all the vowels (not including “y”) in alphabetical order.



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