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facetious

adjective

Definition: humerous in a sarcastic way

Synonyms: humorous, clever, sarcastic, ironic, witty, silly, jocose

Antonyms: serious, matter-of-fact, lugubrious

Tips: Facetious originates from French facétie, “joke.” Think, "joking in terms of pretending something is true, while knowing that it is false." Facetious can be used as a more sophisticated way of saying "sarcastic." Think of trying to put a humorous face on something when being facetious.

Usage Examples:

Jeff told me he didn’t like the movie at all, so he must have been facetious when he recommended it to his friends. (sarcastic)

Her facetious remarks made it clear that she wasn’t taking the meeting seriously. (jocose, joking)

No, he wasn’t serious, he was just being facetious. (sarcastic)

Sometimes he makes jokes with such a serious expression on his face, I can't tell whether he's being serious or facetious. (humorous, silly)


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