Definition of facetious in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈsēSHəs/


Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
Example sentences
  • You learn very soon never to tell a joke or make a facetious remark.
  • Forgive me for being facetious in these desperately serious times, but sometimes ridicule is the only release from anger.
  • I hope this approach doesn't come across as facetious or flippant, I'm genuinely interested
flippant, flip, glib, frivolous, tongue-in-cheek, ironic, sardonic, joking, jokey, jocular, playful, sportive, teasing, mischievous;



Pronunciation: /fəˈsēSHəslē/
Example sentences
  • I facetiously call it the bitter season, and there have been times when it's been hard.
  • I am not asking this facetiously, I am genuinely puzzled as to why you decided to include this column over others in what I heard was a pretty heated competition last term.
  • This is a point I've made facetiously for some time now.


Pronunciation: /fəˈsēSHəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Eclectic learning, pungent black humour sometimes degenerating into facetiousness, a stately but singular style, distinguish all his writing.
  • Though occasionally the humour degenerates into facetiousness, the verbal dexterity of the verse is superb.
  • This self-deprecating facetiousness characterizes much of Maddin's verbal patter and not only is it a testament to his prodigious wit, but it also demonstrates why he gets away with the things he does.


Late 16th century (in the general sense 'witty, amusing'): from French facétieux, from facétie, from Latin facetia 'jest', from facetus 'witty'.

  • This comes via French from Latin facetia ‘jest’, from facetus ‘witty’.

Words that rhyme with facetious

Lucretius, specious

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Syllabification: fa·ce·tious

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