Definition of facetious in English:

facetious

Line breaks: fa|cetious
Pronunciation: /fəˈsiːʃəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

facetiously

adverb
More 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.

facetiousness

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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