facetious

[fuh-see-shuhs]
adjective
1.
not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.
2.
amusing; humorous.
3.
lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person.

Origin:
1585–95; facete + -ious; see facetiae

facetiously, adverb
facetiousness, noun
nonfacetious, adjective
nonfacetiously, adverb
nonfacetiousness, noun
unfacetious, adjective
unfacetiously, adverb
unfacetiousness, noun

facetious, factious, factitious, fictional, fictitious.


2. See humorous1.


A term labeled Facetious in this dictionary is one that is used consciously for humorous or playful effect.
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facetious (fəˈsiːʃəs)
 
adj
1.  characterized by levity of attitude and love of joking: a facetious person
2.  jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate times: facetious remarks
 
[C16: from Old French facetieux, from facetie witty saying; see facetiae]
 
fa'cetiously
 
adv
 
fa'cetiousness
 
n

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facetious
1590s, from Fr. facétieux, from facétie "a joke," from L. facetia, from facetus "witty, elegant," of unknown origin, perhaps related to facis "torch." It implies a desire to be amusing, often intrusive or ill-timed. "Facetiæ in booksellers' catalogues, is, like curious, a euphemism
for erotica." [Fowler] Related: Facetiously; facetiousness
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Example sentences
He tells them, none too facetiously, that he himself enjoys a state of grace.
One firefighter facetiously commented during an emergency response that firefighters are kind because they don't carry weapons.
He smiled, held it at arms length and read again facetiously.
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