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farce

[fahrs] /fɑrs/
noun
1.
a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character.
2.
humor of the type displayed in such works.
3.
foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham.
4.
Cookery. forcemeat.
verb (used with object), farced, farcing.
5.
to season (a speech or composition), especially with witty material.
6.
Obsolete. to stuff; cram.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Related forms
unfarced, adjective
Synonyms
3. burlesque, travesty.
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Examples from the web for farce
  • It would be well if all our lives were a divine tragedy even, instead of this trivial comedy or farce.
  • It would be well, if all our lives were a divine tragedy even, instead of this trivial comedy or farce.
  • The powers that be could pretend they didn't know a nobleman was stooping to farce and, worse, critiquing his peers.
  • The testimony that week had been more farce than melodrama.
  • Oh, and the problem that secondary education in this country is an absolute farce.
  • Seasoned and reasoned boards slap this farce down quickly.
  • It became such a farce that in the end the authorities simply gave up.
  • If you are not sold on this farce, you must go to a retraining camp.
  • They're deniers because to admit the truth, that our precious consumer lifestyle is a sick farce is too painful for them.
  • Fortunately, with the growing list of failed predictions, this expensive farce will be over in a few more years.
British Dictionary definitions for farce

farce

/fɑːs/
noun
1.
a broadly humorous play based on the exploitation of improbable situations
2.
the genre of comedy represented by works of this kind
3.
a ludicrous situation or action
4.
Also farcemeat another name for forcemeat
verb (transitive) (obsolete)
5.
to enliven (a speech, etc) with jokes
6.
to stuff (meat, fowl, etc) with forcemeat
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: stuffing): from Old French, from Latin farcīre to stuff, interpolate passages (in the mass, in religious plays, etc)
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Word Origin and History for farce
n.

late 14c., "force-meat, stuffing;" 1520s, as a type of dramatic work, from Middle French farce "comic interlude in a mystery play" (16c.), literally "stuffing," from Old French farcir "to stuff," (13c.), from Latin farcire "to stuff, cram," of unknown origin, perhaps related to frequens "crowded."

The pseudo-Latin farsia was applied 13c. in France and England to praise phrases inserted into liturgical formulae (e.g. between kyrie and eleison), then in Old French farce was extended to the impromptu buffoonery among actors that was a feature of religious stage plays.

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