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 farcicality (audio) \ noun
farcically \ ˈfär-​si-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce farcically (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 comic potential of this setup isn’t hard to spot, and many movies have followed the farcical path. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Harley Quinn Isn’t the Most Criminal Thing in “Birds of Prey”," 7 Feb. 2020 Load management today is kind of farcical to some degree. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Celtic Milt Palacio still mystified by news story reporting his death," 11 Jan. 2020 In his book, Williams describes these expressions of intraracial solidarity as farcical at best and harmful at worst. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019 Emblematic of Schiff’s farcical procedures, only Taylor’s carefully crafted narrative was released. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Stop Claiming ‘No Quid Pro Quo’," 26 Oct. 2019 Bombshell’s tone is sometimes jaunty, almost farcical; a few scenes radiate menace. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Bombshell Is a Story of Bravery That Might Leave You Cold," 13 Dec. 2019 Both films have plenty of holiday cheer, united in farcical attempts to decorate the house for Christmas. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "13 classic holiday films to watch with their modern Christmas counterparts," 6 Dec. 2019 Director Lonny Price tries to infuse the farcical, bloody proceedings with antic comic energy, but his staging, including one scene in which the performers wave long, billowing white sheets to indicate paradise, feels forced more often than not. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Scotland, PA': Theater Review," 24 Oct. 2019 When the dust had settled on that farcical episode though, many pundits speculated that the Foxes had quietly conducted some of the most intelligent business in the Premier League. SI.com, "A Way Too Early Assessment of Leicester City's Summer Signings," 10 Oct. 2019

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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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=farcic01. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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