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Topic: FILM

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin farcire 'to stuff (= fill with a mixture of cut-up food)'; because early religious plays often had humorous parts put into them

farce

noun
     
farce
1 [singular] an event or a situation that is very badly organized or does not happen properly, in a way that is silly and unreasonable:
She admitted that the interview had been a complete farce from start to finish.
2 [uncountable and countable] a humorous play or film in which the characters are involved in complicated and silly situations, or the style of writing or acting that is used
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