a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character.
humor of the type displayed in such works.
foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham.
Cookery. forcemeat.
verb (used with object), farced, farcing.
to season (a speech or composition), especially with witty material.
Obsolete. to stuff; cram.

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

unfarced, adjective

3. burlesque, travesty.
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farce (fɑːs)
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.  another name for forcemeat Also: farcemeat
5.  to enliven (a speech, etc) with jokes
6.  to stuff (meat, fowl, etc) with forcemeat
[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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1530, from M.Fr. farce "comic interlude in a mystery play," lit. "stuffing," from O.Fr. farcir "to stuff," from L. farcire, perhaps related to frequens "crowded." The pseudo-L. farsia was applied 13c. in France and England to praise phrases inserted into liturgical formulae (e.g. between kyrie and eleison),
then in O.Fr. farce was extended to the impromptu buffoonery among actors that was a feature of religious stage plays.
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