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farce

noun absurdity, burlesque, comedy, dry humor, dry wit, humor, imitation, jest, joke, lampoon, mockery, nimble wit, nonsense, parody, pleasantry, pretense, quick wit, satire, slapstick, spoof, wit
Associated concepts: judgment a farce, travesty of justice, verdict a farce
See also: caricature, parody, travesty
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Step out,' says one of the men; 'the theatre's close by, and we shall be just in time for the farce.
When Barbicane originally proposed to send a shot to the moon every one looked upon the enterprise as simple and practicable enough-- a mere question of gunnery; but when a person, professing to be a reasonable being, offered to take passage within the projectile, the whole thing became a farce, or, in plainer language a humbug.
But unity both of material and of atmosphere suffers not only from the diversity among the separate plays but also from the violent intrusion of the comedy and the farce which the coarse taste of the audience demanded.
In the Interludes the realism of the Moralities became still more pronounced, so that the typical Interlude is nothing more than a coarse farce, with no pretense at religious or ethical meaning.
I begged sarcastically to know whether he could tell me if we were engaged in a farce or in a tragedy.
As a matter of fact it was neither farce nor tragedy.
I told you last night on the road that it was a farce we were engaged in.
The books which now employed my time solely were those, as well antient as modern, which treat of true philosophy, a word which is by many thought to be the subject only of farce and ridicule.
It was truly the most open farce, and I wondered that the lawyer should care to keep it up; but, after all, it was quite in the taste of that age, when there were two parties in the state, and quiet persons, with no very high opinions of their own, sought out every cranny to avoid offence to either.
As a man who had seen something of life, and neither a fool nor an invalid, he had no faith in medicine, and in his heart was furious at the whole farce, specially as he was perhaps the only one who fully comprehended the cause of Kitty's illness.
They sounded like a line from a farce, where the erring husband has been caught by the masterful wife.
Expressly written with the stage and classroom in mind, and now available in affordable paperback and eBook formats, Jody Enders's The Farce of the Fart and Other Ribaldries aims to make a similar contribution to modern theater practice and performance studies by offering access to twelve of the most ingenious and spirited medieval farces to English-speaking scholars, students, playwrights, directors, actors, and spectators.