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Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant.‘a facetious remark’
flippant, flip, glib, frivolous, tongue-in-cheek, waggish, whimsical, joking, jokey, jesting, jocular, playful, roguish, impish, teasing, arch, mischievous, puckishView synonyms
- ‘I assure you that was a facetious comment about the ostrich caucus.’
- ‘Forgive me for being facetious in these desperately serious times, but sometimes ridicule is the only release from anger.’
- ‘Woodward ended the questioning session with facetious conjectures for the outcome of the upcoming election.’
- ‘Apparently, she isn't being facetious at all, and it was a serious question.’
- ‘It sounds like a facetious question, but I mean it seriously.’
- ‘Listening to his intonation as he discusses his films, it's hard to tell if he's being facetious or if he's dead serious about what he's saying.’
- ‘I could so easily be facetious about this piece of news.’
- ‘You learn very soon never to tell a joke or make a facetious remark.’
- ‘But snobbishness is, in its way, a serious subject, and another, less facetious book could easily be written about it.’
- ‘It's a facetious point, but it's also a serious one.’
- ‘Mine is an immodest, but by no means facetious, proposal.’
- ‘This is a very sad event, and it would be wise to avoid facetious remarks about aggrieved clients and - more particularly - would-be clients.’
- ‘It's a facetious question, but she answers seriously.’
- ‘I realize he was likely being facetious with discussing how he's perfect, but it still amazes me that he'd say it.’
- ‘I'm not being facetious - the reason I'm sure of this is because I've received so much feedback this year.’
- ‘I hope this approach doesn't come across as facetious or flippant, I'm genuinely interested’
- ‘I'm not being facetious, or trying to use comic effect.’
- ‘I am not trying to be facetious, but would alternatives be more productive?’
- ‘At the risk of sounding facetious, we must keep dancing.’
- ‘You can take a sarcastic and facetious post like the last one, and turn it into an interesting discussion about the place of sport in our culture.’
Late 16th century (in the general sense ‘witty, amusing’): from French facétieux, from facétie, from Latin facetia ‘jest’, from facetus ‘witty’.
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