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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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