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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


View thesaurus entry
= flippant, funny, amusing, witty, merry, humorous, playful, pleasant, frivolous, tongue in cheek, comical, jesting, droll, jocular, waggish, unserious, jocose,

Example Sentences Including 'facetious'

Five vowels in the right order occurred in the word ` facetious ".
Aird, Catherine A Dead Liberty
I do not mean to be facetious about disasters, though irony or downright rudeness may be the best possible responses to real disaster.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
It wasn't a facetious remark, just an indication of how accustomed we have become to witnessing horror on an unimaginable scale.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Nancy asked the chef if he had seen her, but the answer was, `No.' Now George was sorry she had been facetious about her cousin.
Keene, Carolyn The Secret of the Forgotten City
Neil was suspicious of the old pilot's facetious tone, sensing that some elaborate practical joke was about to unfold.
Ballard, J. G. Rushing to Paradise
No, I'm not being facetious , I really want to know what should be done.
Misc (1999)
The occasional complaints about his health in his letters are at odds with passages of cheerfully facetious self-congratulation:
Christopher Hibbert DISRAELI: A Personal History (2004)
Without reducing the argument to a facetious level, may I recommend that he consult Aamir Khan on improving.
India Today (2002)
``I'm not being facetious ,' I say, ``but have you ever thought about getting therapy?
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)


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