facetious

[ fuh-see-shuhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

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

Synonyms

  • clever
  • humorous
  • jocular
  • smart
  • witty

Antonyms

  • formal
  • grave
  • serious
  • unfunny

Definition

joking or jesting often inappropriately

Example

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

Usage Over Time

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