verb \ˈfärs\

Definition of FARCE

transitive verb
:  stuff
:  to improve as if by stuffing

Origin of FARCE

Middle English farsen, from Anglo-French farsir, from Latin farcire
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with FARCE



: a funny play or movie about ridiculous situations and events

: the style of humor that occurs in a farce

: something that is so bad that it is seen as ridiculous

Full Definition of FARCE

:  a savory stuffing :  forcemeat
:  a light dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot
:  the broad humor characteristic of farce
:  an empty or patently ridiculous act, proceeding, or situation <the trial became a farce>

Examples of FARCE

  1. an actor with a talent for farce
  2. <the recall of a duly elected official for a frivolous reason is not democracy in action but a farce>

Origin of FARCE

Middle English farse, from Middle French farce, from Vulgar Latin *farsa, from Latin, feminine of farsus, past participle of farcire
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Light, dramatic composition that uses highly improbable situations, stereotyped characters, violent horseplay, and broad humour. Farce is generally regarded as intellectually and aesthetically inferior to comedy in its crude characterizations and implausible plots, but it has remained popular throughout the West from ancient times to the present.


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