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Origin and Etymology of farce
Definition of farce
- the trial became a farce
Examples of farce in a Sentence
an actor with a talent for farce
the recall of a duly elected official for a frivolous reason is not democracy in action but a farce
Recent Examples of farce from the Web
TR: Some Sanders supporters are still mad, claiming that the entire 2016 election was a farce, and that the Democratic Party is essentially the enemy.
Better to declare an end to this diplomatic farce — and to the extraordinary largesse from which Iran is benefiting — and establish a robust sanctions regime that might actually force Tehran to change its ways.
A lightly misogynist farce about the importance of drawing firm boundaries with one’s siblings.
Baena dispenses with the plague entirely; the tale of Massetto the gardener, which supplies about two-thirds of the action in The Little Hours, is pure bedroom farce.
GreenStage, one of the founding theaters behind the outdoor festival, has performed Shakespeare’s entire canon over the years, and theaters regularly stage the mistaken-identity farce.
Vermont’s actual, tiny effort turned into a rancid, racist farce, while a nascent push for Calexit collapsed when its leader decamped to Russia.
The inception of the Farce of July first began in 1997 in Los Angeles in order to raise funds for grassroots organizations that advocate for human rights and the environment.
My job was to be the sarcastic sherpa, quietly providing the farce and adoration, then becoming part of the wall when cued.
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Did You Know?
When farce first appeared in English, it had to do with cookery, not comedy. In the 14th century, English adopted farce from Middle French, retaining its original meaning of "forcemeat" or "stuffing." The comedic sense of farce in English dates from the 16th century, when England imported a kind of knockabout comedy already popular in France. This dramatic genre had its origins in the 13th-century practice of augmenting, or "stuffing," Latin church texts with explanatory phrases. By the 15th century, a similar practice had arisen of inserting unscripted buffoonery into religious plays. Such farces - which included clowning, acrobatics, reversal of social roles, and indecency - soon developed into a distinct dramatic genre and spread rapidly in various forms throughout Europe.
Origin and Etymology of farce
FARCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of farce for English Language Learners
: 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
FARCE Defined for Kids
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