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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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 That possibly takes something away from this play, depriving it of an urgency, which Grandage distracts from by upping the farcical energy. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lieutenant of Inishmore': Theater Review," 5 July 2018 And if a mystical Lady of the Lake (portrayed by Christine Hewitt with big-voiced bravura and a slyly scene-stealing touch) bestowed upon you the fabled sword Excalibur via a totally non-farcical aquatic ceremony. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Spamalot' induces more than canned laughter in Cygnet revival," 2 July 2018 At first blush, this line of thinking seems farcical. Benjamin Hart And Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Photos: Remembering Trump’s Russia Probe Martyrs," 27 May 2018 In one near-farcical moment, an Army public information officer and two photographers also managed to get through. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Joseph Clemons Jr., hero of Pork Chop Hill, dies at 90," 22 May 2018 Like the border wall—and the farcical prototype competition—the tent city at Tornillo has become yet another physical manifestation of the Trump administration’s immigration policy. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This is the Texas tent camp meant as shelter for migrant children," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of farcical

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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