not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.
amusing; humorous.
lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person.

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)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
Facetiousness aside, to the average non-academic, a professor is a professor is a professor.
They've traded some of their facetiousness and a lot of their spontaneity for a less uproarious but more serviceable comic style.
Facetiousness is more of a synthetic foam that fills an inert body of prose with the equivalent of an all-purpose grin.
It jettisons facetiousness for a liturgical solemnity, and hardware for soft lips.
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