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fəˈsi ʃəsface·tious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bantering, facetious, tongue-in-cheekadjective

    cleverly amusing in tone

    "a bantering tone"; "facetious remarks"; "tongue-in-cheek advice"


  1. facetiousadjective

    Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.

    Robbie's joke about Heather's picture was just him being facetious.

  2. facetiousadjective

    Pleasantly humorous, jocular.

  3. Etymology: From facétieux, from facetia, from facetus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FACETIOUSadjective

    Gay; cheerful; lively; merry; witty. It is used both of persons and sentiments.

    Etymology: facetieux, French; facetiæ, Lat.

    Socrates, informed of some derogating speeches used of him behind his back, made this facetious reply, Let him beat me too when I am absent. Government of the Tongue, s. 6.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Facetiousadjective

    given to wit and good humor; merry; sportive; jocular; as, a facetious companion

  2. Facetiousadjective

    characterized by wit and pleasantry; exciting laughter; as, a facetious story or reply

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. factieux. See Faceti.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Facetious

    fa-sē′shus, adj. witty, humorous, jocose: bawdy—(obs. or arch.) Facete′.—n.pl. Facetiæ (fa-sē′shi-ē), witty or humorous sayings or writings: a bookseller's term for improper books—of all degrees of indecency.—adv. Facē′tiously.—n. Facē′tiousness. [Fr., from L. facētiafacetus, merry, witty.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of facetious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of facetious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of facetious in a Sentence

  1. Sydney Smith:

    You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.

  2. Josh Billings:

    The miser and the glutton are two facetious buzzards: one hides his store, and the other stores his hide.

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  • Francisco José Chavarría Kleinhenn
    Francisco José Chavarría Kleinhenn
    To be taken at face value without any serious support to what someone is stating
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