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farce

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noun

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.

verb (used with object), farced, farc·ing.

to season (a speech or composition), especially with witty material.
Obsolete. to stuff; cram.

RELATED WORDS

comedy, mockery, joke, skit, burlesque, caricature, sham, travesty, slapstick, absurdity, parody, play, horseplay, camp, interlude, ridiculousness, mock, buffoonery

Nearby words

farandole, farang, faraway, farber's disease, farc, farce, farcemeat, farceur, farceuse, farci, farcical

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
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Related formsun·farced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for farce

farce

/ (fɑːs) /

noun

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

verb (tr) obsolete

to enliven (a speech, etc) with jokes
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

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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