from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adv. Elegantly; cleverly; ingeniously.
His body was opened and examined, when it appeared that his death was through old age; and, although he had been a free liver, and, as Mr. Cross facetely observes, "was not a member of a Temperance Society," his internal organization did not seem to have suffered in the way usually consequent upon hard drinking.
A few years subsequent to the publication of Knickerbocker, Mr. Irving visited England, or the "land of wonders," as he facetely terms our favoured isle.
The word 'facetely' comes ultimately from a Latin word meaning 'clever, whimsical'.