farce

A farce is a broad satire or comedy, though now it's used to describe something that is supposed to be serious but has turned ridiculous. If a defendant is not treated fairly, his lawyer might say that the trial is a farce.

As a type of comedy, a farce uses improbable situations, physical humor and silliness to entertain. Spoof films such as "Spaceballs," a comedy based on the Star Wars movies, are farces. If a real-life event or situation is a farce, it feels this ridiculous. An election is a farce, if the outcome has been determined before the voting begins. And class can feel like a farce if your substitute teacher knows less about the subject than you do.

Definitions of farce
  1. noun
    a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
    synonyms: farce comedy, travesty
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    type of:
    comedy
    light and humorous drama with a happy ending
  2. noun
    an event or situation that is absurd, empty, or insincere
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    type of:
    event
    something that happens at a given place and time
  3. verb
    fill with a stuffing while cooking
    synonyms: stuff
    stuff
    fill tightly with a material
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    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  4. noun
    mixture of ground raw chicken and mushrooms with pistachios and truffles and onions and parsley and lots of butter and bound with eggs
    synonyms: forcemeat
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    type of:
    dressing, stuffing
    a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables
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