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Fatuous vs. Facetious

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  • Fatuous (adjective)

    Obnoxiously stupid, vacantly silly, content in one's foolishness.

  • Facetious (adjective)

    Treating serious issues with (often deliberately) inappropriate humour; flippant.

    "Robbie's joke about Heather's appearance was just him being facetious."

  • Facetious (adjective)

    Pleasantly humorous; jocular.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Fatuous (adjective)

    Feeble in mind; weak; silly; stupid; foolish; fatuitous.

  • Fatuous (adjective)

    Without reality; illusory, like the ignis fatuus.

  • Facetious (adjective)

    Given to wit and good humor; merry; sportive; jocular; as, a facetious companion.

  • Facetious (adjective)

    Characterized by wit and pleasantry; exciting laughter; as, a facetious story or reply.

Webster Dictionary
  • Fatuous (adjective)

    complacently or inanely foolish

  • Facetious (adjective)

    cleverly amusing in tone;

    "a bantering tone"

    "facetious remarks"

    "tongue-in-cheek advice"

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