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Definitions of farce word
- noun farce a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character. 1
- noun farce humor of the type displayed in such works. 1
- noun farce foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham. 1
- noun farce Cookery. forcemeat. 1
- verb with object farce to season (a speech or composition), especially with witty material. 1
- verb with object farce Obsolete. to stuff; cram. 1
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Origin of farce
First appearance:before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; (noun) Middle English fars stuffing < Middle French farce < Vulgar Latin *farsa, noun use of feminine of Latin farsus, earlier fartus stuffed, past participle of farcīre to stuff; (v.) Middle English farsen < Old French farcir < Latin farcīre
Parts of speech for Farce
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.
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Synonyms for farce
- comedy — Comedy consists of types of entertainment, such as plays and films, or particular scenes in them, that are intended to make people laugh.
- mockery — ridicule, contempt, or derision.
- joke — something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act: He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him.
- skit — a short literary piece of a humorous or satirical character.
- burlesque — A burlesque is a performance or a piece of writing that makes fun of something by copying it in an exaggerated way. You can also use burlesque to refer to a situation in real life that is like this.
Antonyms for farce
- solemnity — the state or character of being solemn; earnestness; gravity; impressiveness: the solemnity of a state funeral.
- sobriety — the state or quality of being sober.
- tragedy — a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: stunned by the tragedy of so many deaths.
- seriousness — of, showing, or characterized by deep thought.
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