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facetious

[fuh-see-shuh s]
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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.
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Origin of facetious

1585–95; facete + -ious; see facetiae
Related formsfa·ce·tious·ly, adverbfa·ce·tious·ness, nounnon·fa·ce·tious, adjectivenon·fa·ce·tious·ly, adverbnon·fa·ce·tious·ness, nounun·fa·ce·tious, adjectiveun·fa·ce·tious·ly, adverbun·fa·ce·tious·ness, noun
Can be confusedfacetious factious factitious fictional fictitious

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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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Examples from the Web for facetiously

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  • I asked, facetiously, but I didn't feel in the least humorous.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • "I thought it would come to that," says Mr. Snivel, facetiously.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • "To be popular with the people, is truly an honor," interrupts the lady, facetiously.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • They would jerk a thumb over a shoulder after him facetiously.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable

  • "Things like the March Hare, for example," suggested Paul facetiously.


British Dictionary definitions for facetiously

facetious

adjective
  1. characterized by levity of attitude and love of jokinga facetious person
  2. jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate timesfacetious remarks
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Derived Formsfacetiously, adverbfacetiousness, 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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