What does the word farce mean?

Usage examples for farce

  1. Why keep up the farce? – The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
  2. " 'The play's the thing, '" says Brian Desmond, lazily; " but when you are about it, make it a farce." – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  3. It was not until this moment that Peggy realized that there might be a serious side to the little farce she and Mary had decided to play for the punishment of Brewster. – Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon