Facetious and sarcastic have similar meanings and can describe less-than-serious comments. Enterprising teens can find uses for both kinds of comments.
Neither comment is pure and earnest, but a sarcastic response is meaner than a facetious response. The roots of the words may help you remember which is which:
For more help in how to navigate words with similar meanings, check out Vocabulary.com's "Choose Your Words" feature.
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