One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
flippant, flip, glib, frivolous, tongue-in-cheek, waggish, whimsical, joking, jokey, jesting, jocular, playful, roguish, impish, teasing, arch, mischievous, puckishView synonyms
- ‘This is a very sad event, and it would be wise to avoid facetious remarks about aggrieved clients and - more particularly - would-be clients.’
- ‘I'm not being facetious, or trying to use comic effect.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘At the risk of sounding facetious, we must keep dancing.’
- ‘I hope this approach doesn't come across as facetious or flippant, I'm genuinely interested’
- ‘I am not trying to be facetious, but would alternatives be more productive?’
- ‘I assure you that was a facetious comment about the ostrich caucus.’
- ‘Woodward ended the questioning session with facetious conjectures for the outcome of the upcoming election.’
- ‘Mine is an immodest, but by no means facetious, proposal.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Apparently, she isn't being facetious at all, and it was a serious question.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's a facetious point, but it's also a serious one.’
- ‘It sounds like a facetious question, but I mean it seriously.’
- ‘Forgive me for being facetious in these desperately serious times, but sometimes ridicule is the only release from anger.’
- ‘I'm not being facetious - the reason I'm sure of this is because I've received so much feedback this year.’
- ‘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.’
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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