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Word of the Day 04/15/15 Facetious

Facetious (adjective)
facetious [fuh-see-shuh s]


adjective
1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.
2. amusing; humorous.
3. lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person.

Can be confused
factious, factitious, fictional, fictitious.

Synonyms
2. See humorous.

Usage note
A term labeled Facetious in this dictionary is one that is used consciously for humorous or playful effect.

Origin: 1585-95; facete + -ious; see facetiae

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