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Definition trivial humor
  • I trust you didn't take her facetious remarks seriously.
facetious = trivially humorous
  • You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.
    Sydney Smith
  • "You've got a good ear," I said, I thought facetiously.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • facetiously = humorously
  • MAMA: (Sensing their facetiousness) What's the matter with you all?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • facetiousness = humor
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • This was because Wildfire was one of the Cooler Circuit substations, known facetiously as the Top Twenty.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • facetiously = humorously
  • An oath or two, cat-calls, jeers and bits of facetious advice were given in reply.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • facetious = trivially humorous
  • Daugherty wasn't being facetious. He was serious.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • facetious = trivially humorous
  • Then, toward sunset, coming down from the mountain where he had been felling timber, he had been caught by some strayed revellers and drawn into the group by the lake, where Mattie, encircled by facetious youths, and bright as a blackberry under her spreading hat, was brewing coffee over a gipsy fire.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • facetious = trivially humorous
  • An oath or two, cat-calls, jeers and bits of facetious advice were given in reply.
    Crane, Stephen  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • She looked at him, as though she chose to think his question facetious, and did not reply.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • It is a fine piece of irony; it is the only facetious remark in the Bible, I believe.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • "You can be facetious, I see," the latter observed carelessly.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • "Now you please to be facetious," was all the other could say.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • I am not facetious.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
  • With great outward show of rebellion, half genuine, half facetious, he made several tentative scrapes with the razor.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • "That's happen one o' the symptims, John," said the facetious coachman.
    Eliot, George  --  Adam Bede
  • He was bored at the vicarage, and when on the last day his uncle put him the usual question in the usual facetious tone:
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • replied a facetious member of this grave Society.
    Verne, Jules  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • A chance meeting, a service rendered, a happy phrase, a knack of facetious mimicry, and a man's career might be made in a trice.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • he asked, turning to Emily, and shaking his finger at her with an air of facetious remonstrance.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  I Say No

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