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facetiously (fəˈsiːʃəslɪ) 



  1. humorously   ⇒ Al facetiously described himself as the Last Angry Man.

facetious (fəˈsiːʃəs Pronunciation for facetious



  1. characterized by levity of attitude and love of joking   ⇒ a facetious person
  2. jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate times   ⇒ facetious remarks

Derived Forms

faˈcetiously adverb
faˈcetiousness noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French facetieux, from facetie witty saying; see facetiae

Example Sentences Including 'facetiously'

He suggested facetiously that the executions of Witted ones `trouble most folks not at all.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
Rhodes had facetiously exhorted anyone with similar impulses to contact him via the paper.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The shopkeeper facetiously suggested that he start his own magazine.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
When asked if she enjoyed the trip to Mexico, she replies facetiously : `Sure, I did tons of cocaine and spent time at the donkey show.
Misc (1999)
You are rather gloomy about what you facetiously term the New Century.
Joseph Pearce OLD THUNDER: A Life of Hilaire Belloc (2002)
`I find it's always a good ruse,' he continued facetiously , `to take a deer along to increase your sense of anonymity.
Nicola Barker BEHINDLINGS (2002)
`Now I understand what's meant by method acting," he muttered facetiously , his face a grimace of disgust.
MacNeill, Alistair Alastair McLean's 'Night Watch'


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