verb (used with object), farced, farc·ing.
Origin of farce
Examples from the Web for farce
History repeats itself,” Marx famously wrote, “first as tragedy, second as farce.
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’|Jimmy So|December 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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’|Jimmy So|December 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Those remarks turned a political case into a farce that involved corruption and sexual trysts.
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|Maysoon Zayid|August 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But, to turn what was grave into farce, the door opened, and Wilkinson ushered in Peter Peebles.Red Gauntlet|Sir Walter Scott
It is maintained to something between the level of comedy and farce: nor is there the least exaggeration.Bardell v. Pickwick|Percy Fitzgerald
I promised to do this on my word, and nine o'clock on the next evening was fixed for his reading the farce to me.The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two|Harriette Wilson
It is a mixture of tragedy and farce: the former occasionally good, the latter poor buffoonery.
The illusions of a weak old man, or a farce played by a girl.A Noble Name|Claire Von Glmer
verb (tr) obsolete
Word Origin 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.