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

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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 For the past 40 years, there have been dueling narratives about white supremacists in the U.S.: dangerous or farcical. New York Times, "Lone Wolves Connected Online: A History of Modern White Supremacy," 26 Jan. 2021 Just look to the farcical pretense of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which Meghan was expected to be a token representative in a perverse monarchical redefinition of diplomacy within. Shamira Ibrahim, Allure, "Meghan Markle's Experiences Prove the One-Drop Rule Is Still a Barrier for Black Folks," 9 Mar. 2021 Indian pitches, of course, should turn and be dustbowls but not become farcical as per the scenes in Ahmedabad. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, "India Thrash England On ‘Awful’ Pitch In Cricket Test Lasting Only Two Days," 25 Feb. 2021 The numbers, however, were farcical; state officials have found only two instances in which votes were cast in the names of people who had died. New York Times, "In Georgia, a New District Attorney Starts Circling Trump and His Allies," 13 Feb. 2021 Although some see it as a Trump vanity project, Space Force is not the farcical force of the public imagination. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Biden seen likely to keep Space Force, a Trump favorite," 27 Jan. 2021 Pantos, for the uninitiated, are farcical plays staged most often during the holiday season in Britain, a tradition which both Queen Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret took part in during their youths. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Sit in the Royal Box for The Very First Time," 12 Dec. 2020 Typically based on fairy tales, the farcical musicals can be laced with some innuendo-laden rhymes and songs and require frequent raucous interventions from the audience. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Your Royal 'Height'-ness! Prince George Is Taking After Tall Kate Middleton and Prince William," 11 Dec. 2020 This has been made clear over and over again in a series of increasingly farcical hearings. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The worst argument against breaking up Facebook," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of farcical

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Farcical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farcical. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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