far·​ci·​cal | \ˈfär-si-kəl \

Definition of farcical 

1 : of, relating to, or resembling farce (see farce entry 2 sense 2) : ludicrous the farcical parts of comedies

2 : laughably inept : absurd farcical high jinks

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Other Words from farcical

farcicality \ˌfär-​sə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē \ noun
farcically \ˈfär-​si-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of farcical in a Sentence

the farcical behavior of the troupe of circus clowns the farcical routine that a person has to go through to get a refund from that company

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Long before The Onion began printing farcical news articles, long before the Yes Men enacted their first culture-jamming political pranks, there was Alan Abel. Margalit Fox, The Seattle Times, "Alan Abel, hoaxer extraordinaire, is (on good authority) dead at 94," 18 Sep. 2018 The concept sounds farcical in its simplicity, particularly when paired with the amount of furor the game has generated. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "The Mind: Most polarizing card game of the year?," 4 Aug. 2018 But the film retained the underlying storyline of The Front Page, with its farcical mash-up of political corruption, criminal haplessness and journalistic ruthlessness in pursuit of the ever-elusive, adrenaline-inciting scoop. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'His Girl Friday' at Hedgerow: Fast talk, fast pace," 2 July 2018 USA TODAY Sports The quickest goal of this World Cup may also turn out to be its most bizarre, as Denmark’s Mathias Jorgensen put his team ahead against Croatia in farcical circumstances. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup's quickest goal is also the weirdest one so far," 1 July 2018 Japan manager Akira Nishino expressed his regret for instructing his side to resort to a farcical plan in order to secure qualification for the knockout stages of the World Cup. SI.com, "Akira Nishino Laments 'Regrettable' Ploy After Japan Seal Controversial Passage Into Last 16," 28 June 2018 Last month, Trump did attend the off-camera, farcical and musical dinner put on by The Gridiron Club and Foundation. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "President Trump to host campaign rally on night of White House Correspondents' Dinner," 17 Apr. 2018 The West should scrutinize the upcoming election, trust Russian civil society actors, and call it out for its farcical nature. chicagotribune.com, "The banality of Putin's Potemkin elections," 13 Mar. 2018 Apart from a brief interlude in late 1862 — Confederates recaptured it on New Year’s Day 1863, in the somewhat farcical Battle of Galveston — the city was the lone Confederate port to remain unoccupied during the war. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of farcical

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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