far·​ci·​cal | \ ˈfär-si-kəl How to pronounce farcical (audio) \

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

Other Words from farcical

farcicality \ ˌfär-​sə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce farcical (audio) \ noun
farcically \ ˈfär-​si-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce farcical (audio) \ 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 The play seems to speak directly to our current culture wars concerning race and history, in schools and beyond, from the Sturm und Drang over the New York Times’s 1619 Project to Rufo’s farcical witch-hunting with respect to critical race theory. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 For Black women and women of color, this oppression reached farcical levels with the state dictating that women who lived with able-bodied men were ineligible for welfare benefits. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 13 May 2022 For others on the board, these sorts of public debates were farcical. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2022 The young prince seemed to enjoy the pantomime—a farcical play, often staged around the holidays in Britain—watching from his mom Kate's lap with sister Charlotte looking on. The Editors, Town & Country, 22 Apr. 2022 Steroids, by the way, turn out to be about the only serious drug that the president’s poor press secretary, Stephanie (Rachel Dratch, who is to-roll-over-and-die-laughing funny), doesn’t accidentally ingest during the course of the farcical mayhem. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 The farcical moment punctuated a week of unmasking — not just on the show, but across the country. Richard Galant, CNN, 24 Apr. 2022 The political strife is background to the girls' farcical problems at school, drama with boys and conflicts with parents. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 22 Apr. 2022 The championships had been rendered farcical after organizers allowed a young man, Lia Thomas, to dominate the women’s competition. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of farcical

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2022

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“Farcical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farcical. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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