Definition of farrago in US English:

farrago

nounPlural farragoes

  • A confused mixture.

    ‘a farrago of fact and myth about Abraham Lincoln’
    • ‘He said: ‘It just adds to the general impression that what we have been treated to is a farrago of half-truths, assertions and over-the-top spin.’’
    • ‘Henry, ever the pragmatist, considered the farrago of his brother's recent attempted coup, which had ended in the destruction of the Jacobite clans, to have been the Stuarts' last chance.’
    • ‘As far as I can tell, it is a farrago of conspiracy theories.’
    • ‘I couldn't be bothered trawling through the remaining farrago of lazy-minded tripe that our milk-toothed boy has served up for the public to peruse.’
    • ‘This farrago of nonsense was surprisingly influential.’
    • ‘The whole farrago is a disaster waiting to happen.’
    • ‘Either way, it's a farrago of highly dubious nonsense.’
    • ‘This farrago of nonsense requires a very high standard of stylised comedy acting, which is not in vogue in the 21st Century.’
    • ‘What it was, instead, was a farrago of paranoia and pretence, hysteria and lies.’
    • ‘The result is a farrago of contradictory ideas, with visions of patriarchs dueling with notions of upward-striving capitalists.’
    • ‘Those are padded out with a farrago of insinuation and unfounded claims that he can produce no evidence for.’
    • ‘What we have got from both camps is a farrago of half-truths and unproven assertions that are repeated even when shown to be blatantly unfounded.’
    • ‘Frankly, what the hapless visitors to the gallery are now being presented with is a farrago of contextless quotes, statements of belief and reports of misleading hearsay.’
    • ‘Why did the parties find it so difficult to reach a compromise, and what will the public make of the farrago?’
    • ‘If I'm going to talk about the whole farrago, perhaps it would be best to start by going back to the original report.’
    • ‘It may, for all I know, be a farrago of nonsense from beginning to end, but the authors appear to believe that they are dealing in fact.’
    • ‘But he has the ability to run with issues, to blend text messages and audience e-mails into the mix, constructing a surreal farrago of opinion and comment.’
    • ‘What's most interesting about the whole farrago is that a certain floppy-haired Conservative politician has decided to join the travelling circus.’
    • ‘The whole farrago is so sublimely bad that it might become a cult classic.’
    • ‘His story was such a fantastic farrago of lies and fantasies that it was thrown out by the Scottish judges.’
    untidy heap, confused heap, clutter, muddle, mess, confusion, welter, disarray, disarrangement, tangle, litter
    hotchpotch, hodgepodge, mishmash, ragbag, pot-pourri, jumble, mess, confusion, patchwork, melange, hash, random collection, motley collection, chaos, assortment, miscellany, mixture, conglomeration, medley
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘mixed fodder’, from far ‘corn’.

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