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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
Just imagine: an encased farce of brined and smoked brisket dragged through the garden of the orthodox Chicago condiments.
This second part in the playwright's Aran Islands trilogy — sandwiched between The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Banshees of Inisheer — is a brutally ebullient farce that gleefully features several gory onstage murders.
The Scorecard Westport Country Playhouse has been doing a lot of confrontational or politically active dramas in recent seasons, but the theater has never forsaken farce.
What first appeared to be farce turned out to be tragedy, this on the most human level.
The game was a farce for most of the evening: After a double in the sixth, Puig feigned napping at second base.
That’s because the on-site educational programming at most residential institutions is a farce.
Thanks in part to in-depth reporting by the Washington Post’s David Farenthold, who tracked the foundation and Trump’s reports of generosity that turned out to be a farce, the New York attorney general’s office began investigating the foundation.
But the summit—and particularly its immediate aftermath—was a farce, and the respite is only likely to be temporary.
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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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