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

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The Castro regime enthusiastically circulated photographs of the British delegation in front of a Che Guevara icon in Havana, a tired and gimmicky invocation of 1960s radical chic that’s even more farcical in the 21st century. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Prince Charles and the Torturers," 31 Mar. 2019 On Sunday, coalition leaders resolved an increasingly farcical standoff over the head of the BfV spy agency, Hans-Georg Maassen. Geir Moulson, The Seattle Times, "Merkel: German government must give up internal squabbles," 24 Sep. 2018 In truth, the song’s afterglow eases the farcical ordeal of Charity hiding out in Vittorio’s closet after his tempestuous inamorata, Ursula (Ashley Loren), storms the apartment. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'Sweet Charity' from Reprise: The dancing never gets old, but the book could use a nip and tuck," 23 June 2018 Long before The Onion began printing farcical news articles, long before the Yes Men enacted their first culture-jamming political pranks, there was Alan Abel. Margalit Fox, The Seattle Times, "Alan Abel, hoaxer extraordinaire, is (on good authority) dead at 94," 18 Sep. 2018 The concept sounds farcical in its simplicity, particularly when paired with the amount of furor the game has generated. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "The Mind: Most polarizing card game of the year?," 4 Aug. 2018 But the film retained the underlying storyline of The Front Page, with its farcical mash-up of political corruption, criminal haplessness and journalistic ruthlessness in pursuit of the ever-elusive, adrenaline-inciting scoop. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'His Girl Friday' at Hedgerow: Fast talk, fast pace," 2 July 2018 USA TODAY Sports The quickest goal of this World Cup may also turn out to be its most bizarre, as Denmark’s Mathias Jorgensen put his team ahead against Croatia in farcical circumstances. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup's quickest goal is also the weirdest one so far," 1 July 2018 Japan manager Akira Nishino expressed his regret for instructing his side to resort to a farcical plan in order to secure qualification for the knockout stages of the World Cup. SI.com, "Akira Nishino Laments 'Regrettable' Ploy After Japan Seal Controversial Passage Into Last 16," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of farcical

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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