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Origin and Etymology of farce
Definition of farce
- the trial became a farce
Examples of farce in a Sentence
an actor with a talent for farce
the recall of a duly elected official for a frivolous reason is not democracy in action but a farce
Recent Examples of farce from the Web
The show, from creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, is reanimated with the same familiar snap, the quick, zesty patter of a good stage farce, played out under the bright lighting of multi-camera television.
To put it another way: first time satire, second time farce.
His indictment hearing was a farce and a spectacle.
Veep went into Sunday's Primetime Emmys with the most heat of any comedy, thanks to continued critical adoration for the political farce and two consecutive wins for the top half-hour prize in 2015 and 2016.
Edgar Wright’s end-of-the-world farce brings back many of the staples of past Edgar Wright comedies, including actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The farce, based on the classic Sherlock Holmes detective tale, uses the gags theatergoers have seen for years: three actors playing multiple parts through frantic costume changes, men dressed as women, slamming doors, silly accents.
Rather than the one-sided farce that many people suggested, McGregor came out blazing and won the early rounds, even landing a few big shots.
TR: Some Sanders supporters are still mad, claiming that the entire 2016 election was a farce, and that the Democratic Party is essentially the enemy.
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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
FARCE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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