American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Witty or humorous writings and sayings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Witty or humorous sayings or writings.
- In booksellers' or collectors' catalogues, books of an objectionable kind, broad, coarsely witty, or indecent.
- n. rare Witty or amusing writings or remarks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Witty or humorous writings or saying; witticisms; merry conceits.
- Originated 1520–30 from Latin facētiae, plural of facētia (jest); see facete+-ia and facetious. (Wiktionary)
- Latin facētiae, pl. of facētia, jest; see facetious. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Asperae facetiae, ubi nimis ex vero traxere, acrem sui memoriam relinquunt, a bitter jest leaves”
“Peace and meditation - Negotiation meetings, May 1968 - Anecdotes, facetiae, satires, etc.”
““The New Yorker, the weekly magazine that started as “a hectic book of gossip, cartoons and facetiae,” as Louis Menand once wrote, and has evolved into a citadel of narrative nonfiction and investigative reporting, will publish its entire 80-year archives on searchable computer discs this fall.””
“Mr Moffat, grieved in his soul, was becoming inextricably bewildered by such facetiae as these, when an egg — and it may be feared not a fresh egg — flung with unerring precision, struck him on the open part of his well-plaited shirt, and reduced him to speechless despair.”
“I in vain for a time expected the bad-masti (as the Persians call it,) the horse play, and the gross facetiae, which generally accompany southern and eastern tipsiness.”
“Booksellers who deal in such wares often put them in catalogues under the head of _facetiae_, thus making a vile use of what should be characteristic only of books of wit or humor.”
“_Ally -- ally_," answered Brammel with a knowing leer, attempting a little _facetiae_ in French.”
“Verum ingenium ejus haud absurdum; posse versus facere, jocum movere, sermone uti vel modesto vel molli vel procaci; prorsus multae facetiae multusque lepos inerat.”
“I shall be able to cast a superior eye over it and then shatter it with a few facetiae.”
“If Panty was not the authoress of these inane facetiae, who was?”
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