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farce  (färs)
a. A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect.
b. The branch of literature constituting such works.
c. The broad or spirited humor characteristic of such works.
2. A ludicrous, empty show; a mockery: The fixed election was a farce.
3. A seasoned stuffing, as for roasted turkey.
tr.v. farced, farc·ing, farc·es
1. To pad (a speech, for example) with jokes or witticisms.
2. To stuff, as for roasting.

[Middle English farse, stuffing, from Old French farce, stuffing, interpolation, interlude, from Vulgar Latin *farsa, from feminine of farsus, variant of fartus, past participle of farcre, to stuff.]

farce (fɑːs)
1. (Theatre) a broadly humorous play based on the exploitation of improbable situations
2. (Theatre) the genre of comedy represented by works of this kind
3. a ludicrous situation or action
4. (Cookery) Also: farcemeat another name for forcemeat
vb (tr)
5. to enliven (a speech, etc) with jokes
6. (Cookery) to stuff (meat, fowl, etc) with forcemeat
[C14 (in the sense: stuffing): from Old French, from Latin farcīre to stuff, interpolate passages (in the mass, in religious plays, etc)]

farce (fɑrs)

n., v. farced, farc•ing. n.
1. a comedy based on unlikely situations and exaggerated effects.
2. humor of the type displayed in such works.
3. a foolish or meaningless show; ridiculous sham; mockery.
4. a stuffing; forcemeat.
5. to enliven (a speech or composition), esp. with witty material.
6. to stuff; cram.
[1300–50; Middle English fars stuffing < Middle French farce < Vulgar Latin *farsa, n. use of feminine of Latin. farsus stuffed, past participle of farcīre to stuff]

farce - First meant forcemeat stuffing and came to be used metaphorically when a humorous play was "stuffed" in between two more serious acts of the main theatrical presentation—or for interludes of impromptu buffoonery in a dramatic presentation.
See also related terms for metaphor.

forcemeat, farce - A highly seasoned mixture containing chopped meat, forcemeat is an alteration of farcemeat, "stuffing," and has a synonym—farce.
See also related terms for stuffing.

Past participle: farced
Gerund: farcing

I farce
you farce
he/she/it farces
we farce
you farce
they farce
I farced
you farced
he/she/it farced
we farced
you farced
they farced
Present Continuous
I am farcing
you are farcing
he/she/it is farcing
we are farcing
you are farcing
they are farcing
Present Perfect
I have farced
you have farced
he/she/it has farced
we have farced
you have farced
they have farced
Past Continuous
I was farcing
you were farcing
he/she/it was farcing
we were farcing
you were farcing
they were farcing
Past Perfect
I had farced
you had farced
he/she/it had farced
we had farced
you had farced
they had farced
I will farce
you will farce
he/she/it will farce
we will farce
you will farce
they will farce
Future Perfect
I will have farced
you will have farced
he/she/it will have farced
we will have farced
you will have farced
they will have farced
Future Continuous
I will be farcing
you will be farcing
he/she/it will be farcing
we will be farcing
you will be farcing
they will be farcing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been farcing
you have been farcing
he/she/it has been farcing
we have been farcing
you have been farcing
they have been farcing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been farcing
you will have been farcing
he/she/it will have been farcing
we will have been farcing
you will have been farcing
they will have been farcing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been farcing
you had been farcing
he/she/it had been farcing
we had been farcing
you had been farcing
they had been farcing
I would farce
you would farce
he/she/it would farce
we would farce
you would farce
they would farce
Past Conditional
I would have farced
you would have farced
he/she/it would have farced
we would have farced
you would have farced
they would have farced
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.farce - a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situationsfarce - a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
comedy - light and humorous drama with a happy ending
2.farce - mixture of ground raw chicken and mushrooms with pistachios and truffles and onions and parsley and lots of butter and bound with eggs
stuffing, dressing - a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables
Verb1.farce - fill with a stuffing while cooking; "Have you stuffed the turkey yet?"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
stuff - fill tightly with a material; "stuff a pillow with feathers"
fill, fill up, make full - make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride"

1. comedy, satire, slapstick, burlesque, buffoonery, broad comedy The plot often borders on farce.
2. mockery, joke, nonsense, parody, shambles, sham, absurdity, travesty, ridiculousness The election was a farce, as only 22% of voters cast their ballots.
farce [fɑːs] N
1. (Theat) → farsa f
2. (fig) → absurdo m
this is a farceesto es absurdo
what a farce this is!¡qué follón!
the trial was a farceel proceso fue una farsa

farce [ˈfɑːrs] n
(= ridiculous situation) to be a farce → tourner à la farce
(THEATRE) (= play) → farce f

n (Theat, fig) → Farce f; the election campaign degenerated into farceder Wahlkampf wurde zur Farce

farce [fɑːs] n (Theatre) (fig) → farsa

farce (faːs) noun
1. a (kind of) comic play in which both the characters and the events shown are improbable and ridiculous. The play is a classic farce.
2. any funny or stupid situation in real life. The meeting was an absolute farce.
farcical (ˈfaːsikəl) adjective
completely ridiculous, and therefore usually humorous. The whole idea was farcical.

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I had a sufficiently hard time with that tale, because it changed itself from a farce to a tragedy while I was going along with it--a most embarrassing circumstance.
He was no prude and could laugh as well as anyone at the witty immorality of a farce at the Palais Royal, but here was nothing but filth.
I begged sarcastically to know whether he could tell me if we were engaged in a farce or in a tragedy.
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