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[fahr-si-kuh l] /ˈfɑr sɪ kəl/
pertaining to or of the nature of farce.
resembling farce; ludicrous; absurd.
Origin of farcical
1710-20; farce + -ical
Related forms
farcicality, farcicalness, noun
farcically, adverb
nonfarcical, adjective
nonfarcically, adverb
nonfarcicalness, noun
nonfarcicality, noun
unfarcical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for farcical
  • It runs into roughness, now and then, which requires rather diligent overacting and farcical behavior by all hands.
  • Yet attempts to impeach her for corruption and vote-rigging, along with a string of attempted coups, have been farcical.
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  • There are so many different technologies being brought together, so picking one across the whole board would be almost farcical.
  • The film has the kind of swift, farcical writing that is found more often on television than in movie theaters.
  • Believe it or not this is what you find in these pages: a farcical bit of a cold war.
  • Nina's troubles are almost farcical in their multiplicity.
  • It has a series of wildly farcical incidents which are none the less frequently funny.
  • Foreign opinion will be outraged by the farcical legal case, but impotent.
  • Otherwise, it could well be meaningless if not farcical.
British Dictionary definitions for farcical


ludicrous; absurd
of or relating to farce
Derived Forms
farcicality, farcicalness, noun
farcically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for farcical

1716, from farce + -ical. Related: Farcically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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