Definition of facetiae in English:


Line breaks: fa|cetiae
Pronunciation: /fəˈsiːʃɪiː


  • 1 dated Pornographic literature.
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    • It also contains a number of quibbles or jeux de mots, and a still greater number of facetiae, idle and licentious stories.
    • But a certain number, following in the footsteps of the Latin Facetiae, harbour a sense of wit and subtlety beneath apparent crudity.
  • 2 archaic Humorous or witty sayings.
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    • The primary object of these anecdotes, facetiae and riddles was to occupy idle hours.


early 16th century: from Latin, plural of facetia 'jest', from facetus 'witty'.

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