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farce

play
verb \ˈfärs\

Definition of farce

farced

farcing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  stuff

  3. 2 :  to improve as if by stuffing

Origin and Etymology of farce

Middle English farsen, from Anglo-French farsir, from Latin farcire


First Known Use: 14th century


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farce

noun

Definition of farce

  1. 1 :  a savory stuffing :  forcemeat

  2. 2 :  a light dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot

  3. 3 :  the broad humor characteristic of farce

  4. 4 :  an empty or patently ridiculous act, proceeding, or situation <the trial became a farce>

Examples of farce in a sentence

  1. an actor with a talent for farce

  2. <the recall of a duly elected official for a frivolous reason is not democracy in action but a farce>

Did You Know?

When farce first appeared in English, it had to do with cookery, not comedy. In the 14th century, English adopted farce from Middle French, retaining its original meaning of "forcemeat" or "stuffing." The comedic sense of farce in English dates from the 16th century, when England imported a kind of knockabout comedy already popular in France. This dramatic genre had its origins in the 13th-century practice of augmenting, or "stuffing," Latin church texts with explanatory phrases. By the 15th century, a similar practice had arisen of inserting unscripted buffoonery into religious plays. Such farces - which included clowning, acrobatics, reversal of social roles, and indecency - soon developed into a distinct dramatic genre and spread rapidly in various forms throughout Europe.

Origin and Etymology of farce

Middle English farse, from Middle French farce, from Vulgar Latin *farsa, from Latin, feminine of farsus, past participle of farcire


First Known Use: 14th century

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FARCE Defined for English Language Learners


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farce

noun

Definition of farce for English Language Learners

  • : a funny play or movie about ridiculous situations and events

  • : the style of humor that occurs in a farce

  • : something that is so bad that it is seen as ridiculous


FARCE Defined for Kids

farce

play
noun \ˈfärs\

Definition of farce for Students

  1. :  something that is ridiculous <Instead of being fair, the trial was a farce.>



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