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facetiousadjective

uk   /fəˈsiː.ʃəs/  us   /fəˈsiː.ʃəs/ disapproving
not serious about a serious subject, in an attempt to be funny or to appear clever : facetious remarks He's just being facetious.
facetiously
adverb uk   /fəˈsiː.ʃəs.li/  us   /fəˈsiː.ʃəs.li/
facetiousness
noun [U] uk   /fəˈsiː.ʃəs.nəs/  us   /fəˈsiː.ʃəs.nəs/
(Definition of facetious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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facetiousadjective

 us   /fəˈsi·ʃəs/
not seriously meaning what you say, usually in an attempt to be humorous or to trick someone: I make so much money that we never have to worry – I’m being facetious.
facetiously
adverb  us   /fəˈsi·ʃəs·li/
"We could spend all our income on health care," she said facetiously.
(Definition of facetious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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