Definitions

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  • n. The state of being facetious
  • n. The product or result of being facetious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being facetious; sportive humor; pleasantry; the quality of exciting laughter or good humor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. playful humor

Etymologies

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From facetious +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Update: The point of my facetiousness is to simply point out that when societal attitudes begin to change for the better regarding race, it always seems like (many) far-right conservatives are waiting to seize on (or invent) anything that could be considered an "overreach".

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • For a certain portion of the passengers had the unmistakable excursion air: the half-jocular manner towards each other, the local facetiousness which is so offensive to uninterested fellow-travelers, that male obsequiousness about ladies 'shawls and reticules, the clumsy pretense of gallantry with each other's wives, the anxiety about the company luggage and the company health.

    Baddeck, and That Sort of Thing

  • Hultin tries to play fair ball with Ephesians in translating εὐτραπελία as "facetiousness".

    The Busybody

  • Then it seemed to me one entered a long patch of really bad writing [with] redundant adjectives, a kind of facetiousness, a terrible prolixity in the dialogue of such characters as the Nurse and Prunesquallor, and sentimentality too in the case of Eda [sic] and to some extent in Titus’s sister.

    Weird Factoid of the Day

  • He was quite his ordinary self, his facetiousness the cause of much laughter to Miss

    CHAPTER XXIX

  • But it's without any facetiousness that I admit that there's one game release this week that's particularly pricked my ear:

    Boing Boing

  • "Oh, I don't know," she smiled, half with facetiousness and half with certainty and pride.

    CHAPTER XI

  • Allowing for some degree of facetiousness on Andrew's part, he is otherwise highlighting the assumption that "good writing" consists essentially of deploying figurative language -- in this instance specifically a simile: "was wet like ..." -- in strategically chosen flourishes as a way to "describe."

    Style in Fiction

  • Despite this initial facetiousness, Aaronovitch acclaimed a book he found "technically accomplished, brilliantly written, full of wit and virtuosity".

    Critical eye: book reviews roundup

  • If he goads a few nascent academic critics into similar facetiousness, his influence might not be squandered after all.

    The Anatomy of Influence by Harold Bloom – review

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