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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
It is set in ancient Greece and is a classic farce following two sets of identical twins separated at birth.
Crafting a stage farce compared to a traditional comedy to elicit laughter from audiences requires a special performance design.
It's all been one big giant farce, total fabrication, conspiracy theory, designed to smear and undermine and delegitimize the president of the United States.
The Senate probe has plodded along in a largely bipartisan manner, but the House committee has devolved into farce.
If their performances seem chaotic or over-the-top, these two nevertheless keep them grounded in a flinty plausibility that prevents the drama from veering into farce.
The play is based on the 1910 German farce by Carl Sternheim, centering on the household of an uptight government worker and his pretty young wife, who accidentally exposes her underwear in public while waving to the king.
For Red Bull Theater, David Ives, a playwright who knows his way around a couplet, adapts an obscure 18th-century French farce about poetry-mad Parisians.
Written by Michael Parker, the farce tells the story of David and John, who work for the Maureen Cosmetics Company, Whittington said.
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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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