farce

[fahrs]
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noun
  1. a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character.
  2. humor of the type displayed in such works.
  3. foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham.
  4. Cookery. forcemeat.
verb (used with object), farced, farc·ing.
  1. to season (a speech or composition), especially with witty material.
  2. Obsolete. to stuff; cram.

Origin of farce

1300–50; (noun) Middle English fars stuffing < Middle French farce < Vulgar Latin *farsa, noun use of feminine of Latin farsus, earlier fartus stuffed, past participle of farcīre to stuff; (v.) Middle English farsen < Old French farcir < Latin farcīre
Related formsun·farced, adjective

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Examples from the Web for farce

Contemporary Examples of farce

Historical Examples of farce

  • What a farce it was to talk to her about helping those poor fellows!

  • 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.

  • We did not want the farce, that night, even as our rightful due.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for farce

farce

noun
  1. a broadly humorous play based on the exploitation of improbable situations
  2. the genre of comedy represented by works of this kind
  3. a ludicrous situation or action
  4. Also: farcemeat another name for forcemeat
verb (tr) obsolete
  1. to enliven (a speech, etc) with jokes
  2. to stuff (meat, fowl, etc) with forcemeat

Word Origin for farce

C14 (in the sense: stuffing): from Old French, from Latin farcīre to stuff, interpolate passages (in the mass, in religious plays, etc)
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Word Origin and History for farce
n.

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.

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