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facetious

[fuh-see-shuh s] /fəˈsi ʃəs/
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
1585-1595
1585-95; facete + -ious; see facetiae
Related forms
facetiously, adverb
facetiousness, noun
nonfacetious, adjective
nonfacetiously, adverb
nonfacetiousness, noun
unfacetious, adjective
unfacetiously, adverb
unfacetiousness, noun
Can be confused
Synonyms
2. See humorous1 .
Usage note
A term labeled Facetious in this dictionary is one that is used consciously for humorous or playful effect.
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  • He tells them, none too facetiously, that he himself enjoys a state of grace.
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British Dictionary definitions for facetiously

facetious

/fəˈsiːʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by levity of attitude and love of joking: a facetious person
2.
jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate times: facetious remarks
Derived Forms
facetiously, adverb
facetiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French facetieux, from facetie witty saying; see facetiae
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Word Origin and History for facetiously

facetious

adj.

1590s, from French facétieux, from facétie "a joke" (15c.), from Latin facetia "jest, witticism," from facetus "witty, elegant, fine, courteous," of unknown origin, perhaps related to facis "torch."

It implies a desire to be amusing, often intrusive or ill-timed. Related: Facetiously; facetiousness. "Facetiæ in booksellers' catalogues, is, like curious, a euphemism for erotica." [Fowler]

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