far·​ci·​cal ˈfär-si-kəl How to pronounce farcical (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling farce (see farce entry 1 sense 1a) : ludicrous
the farcical parts of comedies
: laughably inept : absurd
farcical high jinks
farcicality noun
farcically 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
Recent Examples on the Web There are millions of people around the world who are not allowed to vote, or whose elections are so corrupt and farcical that voting is pointless. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2023 Merry Me has that, and with Silverman — whose smart, farcical staging prompts the kind of robust laughter at which the play itself sometimes swings and misses — the excellent ensemble keeps the beach ball of the show up in the air, even when the ball itself deflates. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 31 Oct. 2023 Apart from a focus on farcical situations – with worried citizens stocking up on live chickens when faced with empty shelves in the shops – Wolski will also show the brutality of that time. Marta Balaga, Variety, 31 Oct. 2023 He’s been given the farcical title Deputy-for-the-Colored. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2023 His production, built for speed and farcical flamboyance, threatens to spin out of control but keeps its eye on the prize of social justice. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 Smith renders Ainsworth, as well as his contemporaries Dickens and Thackeray, as largely farcical. Lynn Steger Strong, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2023 But even that number doesn’t quite capture its almost farcical grandeur. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 1 Sep. 2023 Any argument that football players are mere student-athletes after the Los Angeles and Pacific Northwest schools chased the cash and joined the Big Ten seems farcical, at least from a legal standpoint. Jon Wilner | , oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of farcical was in 1710

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“Farcical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farcical. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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