far·​ci·​cal ˈfär-si-kəl How to pronounce farcical (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling farce (see farce entry 1 sense 1a) : ludicrous
the farcical parts of comedies
: laughably inept : absurd
farcical high jinks
farcicality noun
farcically 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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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of farcical was in 1710

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“Farcical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farcical. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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