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
Haneke weaves these crises together in an exquisitely escalating mood of unease until a finale that replays the tragedies of the earlier films as farce and earns Happy End its ironic title.
In fact, and this is the delectable part of the entire farce, there apparently is a law in Texas that specifically forbids many cities and towns from designing their own fire codes.
His mesmerizing, acid soliloquies on clock repairing and climate despairing and small-town farce have no analogue in fiction.
Few things in life are as suited to the low farce of British pantomime as the Brexit talks, and the two chief negotiators have been going at it with a will since a brief and fleeting moment of cordiality and goodwill at last week’s summit.
The collection spans continents and centuries as well as the broad range of the genre, offering farce and noir, character study and gorefest, ghost story and morality tale.
Yet the risk of becoming inured to this farce constitutes a separate danger.
Brexit and Trump are the history of Thatcher and Reagan repeating as dangerous farce, a confident, intelligent conservatism reduced to nihilist, mindless reactionism.
Much of today’s comedies, while well-meaning, are either overt farces, surface-level social commentary, and/or devoid of true introspection and emotion.
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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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