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farce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v farce fill with a stuffing while cooking "Have you stuffed the turkey yet?"
    • n farce a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
    • n farce mixture of ground raw chicken and mushrooms with pistachios and truffles and onions and parsley and lots of butter and bound with eggs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Farce A low style of comedy; a dramatic composition marked by low humor, generally written with little regard to regularity or method, and abounding with ludicrous incidents and expressions. "Farce is that in poetry which “grotesque” is in a picture: the persons and action of a farce are all unnatural, and the manners false."
    • Farce Ridiculous or empty show; as, a mere farce . "The farce of state."
    • Farce (Cookery) Stuffing, or mixture of viands, like that used on dressing a fowl; forcemeat.
    • Farce To render fat. "If thou wouldst farce thy lean ribs."
    • Farce To stuff with forcemeat; hence, to fill with mingled ingredients; to fill full; to stuff. "The first principles of religion should not be farced with school points and private tenets.""His tippet was aye farsed full of knives."
    • Farce To swell out; to render pompous. "Farcing his letter with fustian."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • farce To stuff; cram.
    • farce Specifically In cookery, to stuff, as a pudding, fowl, or roast, with various meats, oysters, bread, or other ingredients, variously flavored or spiced; fill with stuffing.
    • farce Figuratively, to fill, as a speech or written composition, with various scraps of wit or humor; make “spicy.”
    • farce To extend; swell out.
    • farce To fatten.
    • n farce A secular dramatic composition of a ludicrous or satirical character; low comedy. Originally the name (farsia) was applied to a canticle in a mixture of Latin and French, sung in many churches at the principal festivals, especially on Christmas. The modern farce is:
    • n farce Ridiculous parade; absurd pageantry; foolish show.
    • n farce A ridiculous sham.
    • farce To paint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Farce färs a style of comedy marked by low humour and extravagant wit: ridiculous or empty show
    • v.t Farce färs to cram: to stuff, fill with stuffing:
    • v.t Farce färs (Shak.) to swell out
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Quotations

  • Francois Rabelais
    Francois Rabelais
    “I am going to seek a great purpose, draw the curtain, the farce is played.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “I gleaned jests at home from obsolete farces.”
  • Arthur Rimbaud
    Arthur%20Rimbaud
    “Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.”
  • John Mortimer
    John Mortimer
    “Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. Farcir, L. farcire,; akin to Gr. to fence in, stop up. Cf. Force to stuff, Diaphragm Frequent Farcy Farse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. farsir—L. farcīre, to cram.

Usage

In literature:

I shall not force you to be treated by him," added Christy, "But I must suggest that this farce has been carried far enough in my cabin.
"Stand By The Union" by Oliver Optic
Every day till the end of the term that farce continued.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Certain it is, however, that Lady Gregory's farces were a great help, both in building up and in holding the Abbey audience.
"Irish Plays and Playwrights" by Cornelius Weygandt
Such farces should begin in a friendly air, in a tavern.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
He was armed, but thought that possibly the men might go through the farce of a duel.
"Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist" by Harlan Page Halsey
What a farce is this modern liberality!
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
He drank in every word of the jokes and the farce he committed to memory.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
I am bound to say that competent critics have told me that farces were about the most difficult things we could have attempted.
"The Peace Egg and Other tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Marduk hasn't fought a war in almost two generations, and that one was a farce.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
It was no farce at the time, and kept our heads down at the water edge for many a day.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself" by David Macbeth Moir
I wonder it has never entered into the head of some play-writer to put you into a farce!
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
School that morning was rather a farce; the master was not in the humour for it, nor were the boys.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
He listens to their testimony with the air of a bored play-goer at a very poor farce.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Cannot you see that this farce is bigamy?
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
It had had farces in abundance, not only of home growth, but imported, and from Italy in particular.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Comedy and farces are referred to indiscriminately, but the farces were the most recurring plague.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
I send you with this a copy of a farce I wrote for Harley when he left Drury Lane, and in which he acted for some seventy nights.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
It is easy to treat this whole affair as a farce.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Why does he stand by to witness this unending farce, when he ought to be minding serious business?
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
And we would all smile broadly back, enjoying to the full with him the droll farce of our presence there.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
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In poetry:

And underneath a rooftop
In Paris, maybe Mars
Or Venus sees a notice
About a recent farce.
"Night" by Boris Pasternak
He slept away until
The farce that closed the bill
Had warned him not to stay,
And then he went away.
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I am, I think I have remarked,
Terrifically old,
(The second Ice-age was a farce,
The first was rather cold.)
"Of The Dangers Attending Altruism On The High Seas." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
What farce were that in which the soul
Were summoned to celestial peace,
And, ere her jubilation cease,
Dismissed to her ancestral goal?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
An empty sound we won from Royal George!
Yea, till the last great fight of all is won,
A sentimental show was Valley Forge,
A mawkish, tawdry farce was Lexington!
"The Red Winds Come!" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
"To passengers you practis'd foul grimace;
Shew'd many a face, but not your own true face.
Who can such vile impiety rehearse?
You turn the solemn penance into farce."
"The Way Of Doing Penance" by William Hutton

In news:

How peace could impact the FARC 's role in illegal mining.
Illegal mining is fast becoming a central resource for the FARC, overtaking coca production in some provinces.
As the government of Colombia and the militant insurgency group FARC begin peace negotiations today in Oslo, Norway, they may finally end one of Latin Americas longest conflicts.
Colombia's FARC say ready to discuss ceasefire.
Colombia's Marxist FARC guerillas are willing to discuss a ceasefire deal at any point during their peace talks with the government, negotiator Ricardo Tellez told a news conference on Thursday.
Peace talks delegations for Colombia's government and FARC rebels begin work in Norway.
Peace talk delegations for Colombia's government and FARC rebels begin work in Norway.
3 MATERIAL CORRECTS START DATE OF PEACE TALKS FROM MONDAY TO 'THIS WEEK' Protesters hold pictures of people kidnapped by Colombia's FARC rebels ahead of peace talks set to begin this week.
Protesters hold pictures of people kidnapped by Colombia's FARC rebels ahead of peace talks set to begin Monday.
FARC names 'political' team for peace talks.
Colombia Will Restart Peace Process With FARC .
Volpone or The Fox' a robust, merry farce .
What a farce, Dec 2 the Times Leader published a news article reporting that traffic cameras are to be installed at the Route 7, Hanover Street intersection.
Phoenix Theater offers fast, funny Christmas farce .
Partner in flotilla ' farce .
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In science:

It is my opinion that The Quantum Theory of Fields is a serious scholarly attempt to lift “life a little above the level of farce.” It would be a tragedy, if the expediency of finishing Ph.D.s and making calculations made The Quantum Theory of Fields a bookshelf decoration.
Book Review: The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. I and II by S. Weinberg
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