Usage examples for facetiousness

  1. I therefore request you not to delay them by a facetiousness to which, I assure you, I am not in the humor to listen." – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  2. Beginning the old cumbrous facetiousness about her correspondence, he blurted out the true thoughts that he had begun to entertain. – The Devil's Garden by W. B. Maxwell
  3. Her retaining wit and facetiousness to the last surprises me. – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  4. But the genuine humourist sees something in that feature itself, as nature shaped it, to excite his facetiousness. – George Eliot by Mathilde Blind
  5. The danger is not apparent in Mr. James's case, and I confess that I read him with a relief in the comparative immunity that he affords from the national facetiousness. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  6. Mrs. Marshall ignored this as pure facetiousness, and said seriously: Why really, Victoria, it might not be a bad thing for Arnold to come to us. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  7. Dwight made a gallant effort to retrieve the fallen fortunes of their evening meal, and turned upon Di, who had just entered, and with exceeding facetiousness inquired how Bobby was. – Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale
  8. Again, the number of Alpine subjects lending themselves to facetiousness is but small. – Above the Snow Line by Clinton Thomas Dent
  9. Rodney found himself being led up to a group in the far corner of the bar, and guessed rightly that the young man with the high voice and the seemingly permanent smile, who greeted Jimmy with a determined facetiousness, Hello, old Top! – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  10. " 'Be'old the bloomin' miracle, ' said the man with the revolver, with ill- timed facetiousness. – The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton
  11. To highlight the obvious in the above I attempted facetiousness. – Humanistic-Nursing by Paterson, Josephine G.
  12. John rashly decided to extend his facetiousness. – Poor Relations by Compton Mackenzie
  13. But his eye was keen, clear, and wrinkled to a certain dry facetiousness; and his figure was of that bulk which gives an impression of a subtler weight and power than the merely physical. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  14. He gave me his name quite simply, without any attempt at rudeness or facetiousness. – Marge Askinforit by Barry Pain
  15. He was, he supposed, rather a dull creature- at least people seemed to think so- and he seldom felt at ease even with his own small facetiousness. – The Return by Walter de la Mare
  16. You are pleased to be eloquent, worthy sir- and, on any other occasion, I might not be unwilling to bestow my ear upon you; but as I have yet to find my way out of this labyrinth, for the use of which your facetiousness would have me pay a tax, I must forego that satisfaction, and leave the enjoyment for some better day. – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  17. She spoke slowly and with a dignity that made his cheeks redden to the realization of his own bitter facetiousness. – The Tempering by Charles Neville Buck
  18. This referred, with polite facetiousness, to Mrs. Twomey's stature, and was taken by her in excellent part. – Mount Music by E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross