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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
But here he's applied those gifts to a dyspeptic farce about as much fun as a holiday hangover.
The case has mixed high-stakes international diplomacy with elements of farce.
State media denied the reports saying ‘‘such farces about chemical weapons’’ were triggered by the troops’ quick push toward Douma.
And its principal conceit derives from Frayn’s experience of standing in the wings during a performance of an earlier farce of his, and finding the offstage action more comic.
Maybe the future of Carter Page is to have a long career as a cartoonish right-wing, second-time-as-farce Alger Hiss.
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.
Ryan could have stopped the House Investigation from becoming a farce, and chose not too.
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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.
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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