Definition of farce noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fɑːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɑːrs//
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] a funny play for the theatre based on ridiculous and unlikely situations and events; this type of writing or performance a bedroom farce (= a funny play about sex) See related entries: Types of play
  2. 2[countable] a situation or an event that is so unfair or badly organized that it becomes ridiculous The trial was a complete farce.
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French, literally ‘stuffing’, from farcir ‘to stuff’, from Latin farcire. An earlier sense of ‘forcemeat stuffing’ became used metaphorically for comic interludes “stuffed” into the texts of religious plays, which led to the current usage.Extra examples The debate degenerated into farce when opposing speakers started shouting at each other. The whole procedure has become a complete farce. Farce is often looked down upon by serious theatre goers. Feydeau’s classic bedroom farce is set in turn-of-the-century Paris.
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