- a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character.
- humor of the type displayed in such works.
- foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham.
- Cookery. forcemeat.
- to season (a speech or composition), especially with witty material.
- Obsolete. to stuff; cram.
Origin of farce
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Examples from the Web for farce
History repeats itself,” Marx famously wrote, “first as tragedy, second as farce.They’ve Always Been Watching You
January 9, 2014
As Marx said, history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.The New Auteur of Iran: Asghar Farhadi Reinvents Domestic Drama With ‘The Past’
December 26, 2013
As The Sting Man shows, Abscam was becoming so outrageous that it was turning into an American Farce.The Real Story and Lesson of the Abscam Sting in ‘American Hustle’
December 17, 2013
Those remarks turned a political case into a farce that involved corruption and sexual trysts.The End of Bo
Wenguang Huang, Pin Ho
September 22, 2013
I have said from day one that this round of peace negotiations is a farce and this week is proof that they absolutely are.As Peace Talks Progress, Palestinian Authority’s Popularity Plummets
August 30, 2013
What a farce it was to talk to her about helping those poor fellows!Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Burlesque, farce and extravagance of situation and dialogue.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
His lower orders are all food for comedy or farce: he will not treat them seriously.The Man Shakespeare
We did not want the farce, that night, even as our rightful due.Meadow Grass
The world is a stage, and life is a farce, and he that laughs most has most profit of the performance.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
- a broadly humorous play based on the exploitation of improbable situations
- the genre of comedy represented by works of this kind
- a ludicrous situation or action
- Also: farcemeat another name for forcemeat
- to enliven (a speech, etc) with jokes
- to stuff (meat, fowl, etc) with forcemeat
Word Origin and History for farce
late 14c., "force-meat, stuffing;" 1520s, as a type of dramatic work, from Middle French farce "comic interlude in a mystery play" (16c.), literally "stuffing," from Old French farcir "to stuff," (13c.), from Latin farcire "to stuff, cram," of unknown origin, perhaps related to frequens "crowded."
The pseudo-Latin farsia was applied 13c. in France and England to praise phrases inserted into liturgical formulae (e.g. between kyrie and eleison), then in Old French farce was extended to the impromptu buffoonery among actors that was a feature of religious stage plays.