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So Captain Perez continued his dismal attempt at facetiousness.

The occurrences of the day bear all of them the stamp of facetiousness.

On these occasions David vied with Tammas in facetiousness at his father's expense.

Her retaining wit and facetiousness to the last surprises me.

To this has man come: to his facetiousness has succeeded sarcasm.

I might as well have tried to disconcert a mummy with my facetiousness.

From Sandy this would have been nothing but a good-humoured attempt at facetiousness.

The man's facetiousness interested me; it bespoke his nerve.

And, laughing loudly at his own facetiousness, he quitted the Lodge.

But Neale did not see any humor in Slingerland's perplexity or in the cowboy's facetiousness.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from French facétieux, from facétie "a joke" (15c.), from Latin facetia "jest, witticism," from facetus "witty, elegant, fine, courteous," of unknown origin, perhaps related to facis "torch."

It implies a desire to be amusing, often intrusive or ill-timed. Related: Facetiously; facetiousness. "Facetiæ in booksellers' catalogues, is, like curious, a euphemism for erotica." [Fowler]

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