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Facetious

Updated: 5 days ago

Pronunciation: [ fuh-see-shuhs ]

Definition: adjective

joking or jesting often inappropriately

Origin: 1585; Latin


Etymology: late 16th century (in the general sense ‘witty, amusing’): from French facétieux, from facétie, from Latin facetia ‘jest’, from facetus ‘witty’

Usage:



Synonyms:

  • clever

  • humorous

  • jocular

  • smart

  • witty

Antonyms:

  • formal

  • grave

  • serious

  • unfunny

Example: He made a facetious remark over dinner and everyone chuckled except his mother.

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