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Witty or humorous writings and sayings.

[Latin facētiae, pl. of facētia, jest; see facetious.]


pl n
1. (Rhetoric) humorous or witty sayings
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) obscene or coarsely witty books
[C17: from Latin: jests, plural of facētia witticism, from facētus elegant]


(fəˈsi ʃiˌi)

amusing or witty remarks or writings.
[1520–30; < Latin, pl. of facētia, derivative of facētus clever, witty. See -ia]


1. amusing or witty writings and remarks.
2. coarsely witty stories or books. — facetious, adj.
See also: Humor
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Facetus, the adjective from facetiae, is defined as 'elegant, witty, polite' and linked with the Greek eironeia.
Roquelaure (Anne Rice), The Pearl: A Journal Of Facetiae And Voluptuous Reading, The Story Of O by Pauline Reage, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Belinda by Anne Rice, Totally Herotica edited by Susie Bright, Macho Sluts by Pat Califia, Vox by Nicholson Baker, Delta Of Venus and Little Birds by Anais Nin, and American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.
Pugliese deftly discusses the shifts and complexities of Castiglione's typology of jokes throughout the various versions of the Cortegiano, and reveals an increased concern to add laughter to dialogical speaking (the famous ridendo), in order to mitigate dangerous crossings of the lines of gender and decorum, to delete risque and "politically incorrect" jesting, to refine Church satire (also to avoid placing a harmful strain on relationships with friends and protectors among the clergy, such as Bembo or the pope himself), and to refrain from assigning certain facetiae to certain people in view of political expediency.
Zipoli approaches Anvari's facetiae from the standpoint of ascertaining their place in the Persian literary tradition, their influence on later poets, and the difficulty of recovering such poetry in the first place, due to both scribal and editorial prejudices.
62) Sticht grouped the Hendriks collection together in his catalogue with other collections of fragments and ephemera such as the 2887 'Items from James Roberts Brown Collection', a diverse group of 'Coronation and Funeral Tickets, Handbills, Playbills, Advertisements, Facetiae, Tradesman's Billheads, Broadsides .
41) Ricci, 1:443: "Nam sive risum quaeras creberrimum, quod populo maxime placere intelligo, id ex Plauto sumas licebit (sed ne risum tamen excedat, erit tibi magnopere vedendum: sales enim et facetiae usque eo sales sunt, quoad intra legem suam continentur; cum vero ad scurrilitatem luxuriantur, tum plebeio tantum dignae sunt theatro).
Indeed, the subtitles under which Gogarty organized his Collected Poems (1951) hints loudly at his own sense of his poetic sensibility: Prelude, Odes and Addresses, Earth and Sea, Satires and Facetiae, Love and Beauty, Life and Death, Elegies.
Recipe for a poemTake Two (or three) erudite ladies up to the lake at a quarter to three and settle them down with some smooth facetiae and order lots of bar a brith, cream cakes and a pot of Lady Grey Tea.
Actually, Rekola has also published a little prose book fitting into neither the verse nor the aphoristic category: Maskuja [Masks; 1987] are whimsical facetiae about a character named Masku, illustrated by the author herself.
That last phrase slips in between facetiae, for "amusing or witty remarks or writing," and facetious, for "not meant to be taken seriously.
Even a quick survey of Victorian pornography demonstrates that life below stairs was the object of intense erotic curiosity; throughout the stories printed in The Pearl, the "Journal of Facetiae and Voluptuous Reading" that ran from July 1879 until December 1880, masters and mistresses spy upon their servants as often as the servants spy upon them.
Ancient literature is represented only by an edition of Ausonius's Mosella and by the Facetiae of Hierocles.