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Examples of facetious in a sentence
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
… old ladies shrivelling to nothing in a forest of flowers and giant facetious get-well cards … —John Updike, Trust Me, 1962
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
the essay is a facetious commentary on the absurdity of war as a solution for international disputes
a facetious and tasteless remark about people in famine-stricken countries being spared the problem of overeating
Did You Know?
Facetious—which puzzle fans know is one of the few English words containing the vowels a, e, i, o, u in order—came to English from the Middle French word facetieux, which traces to the Latin word facetia, meaning "jest." Facetia seems to have made only one other lasting contribution to the English language: facetiae, meaning "witty or humorous writings or sayings." Facetiae, which comes from the plural of facetia and is pronounced \fuh-SEE-shee-ee\ or \fuh-SEE-shee-eye\, is a far less common word than facetious, but it does show up occasionally. For example, American essayist Louis Menand used it in his 2002 book American Studies to describe the early days of The New Yorker. "The New Yorker," he wrote, "started as a hectic book of gossip, cartoons, and facetiae."
Origin and Etymology of facetious
Medieval French facetieux, from facetie jest, from Latin facetia —see facetiae
First Known Use: 1594
Synonym Discussion of facetious
FACETIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of facetious for English Language Learners
—used to describe speech that is meant to be funny but that is usually regarded as annoying, silly, or not proper
FACETIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of facetious for Students
: intended or trying to be funny a facetious remark
Headscratcher for facetious
Facetious is one of the few words in English that contain all the vowels (not including “y”) in alphabetical order.
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