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 Hook is more of a Gilbert and Sullivan pirate, a farcical construction winking the audience into cahoots. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Fly,’ La Jolla Playhouse’s new musical about Peter Pan and Wendy, needs to grow up," 11 Mar. 2020 Since spring training camps opened last week, the vitriol toward the Astros and the commissioner have only increased, and the events have become more farcical. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rob Manfred’s latest defense of Astros’ punishments only adds to absurd mess MLB has created," 19 Feb. 2020 However, some fear that if this design development goes unchecked, racing shoes might veer towards the farcical; imagine future runners bounding along in airy platform shoes. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Nike Vaporfly Just Survived a Potential Ban," 31 Jan. 2020 Its intermingling of bloodshed, almost farcical comedy and frank sexuality helped usher in a new era of violent imagery in mainstream cinema. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Michael J. Pollard, scene-stealing actor in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ dies at 80," 22 Nov. 2019 From the miserable 1917 Balfour Declaration to the farcical 2020 Trump Declaration. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "A Muted Arab Response to Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan," 28 Jan. 2020 Mohammed and Husain only secured a case review after a public outcry over their farcical first trial. NBC News, "Bahrain dissidents face possible Christmas Day death sentences," 24 Dec. 2019 So the government persuaded the courts to ban the party before conducting a farcical election in which the CPP won every seat. The Economist, "Cambodia eases up on one dissident to distract attention from another," 14 Nov. 2019 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

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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 7 Apr. 2020.

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