[pur-suh-flahzh, pair-]
light, bantering talk or writing.
a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.

1750–60; < French, derivative of persifler to banter, equivalent to per- per- + siffler to whistle, hiss < Late Latin sifilāre, for Latin sībilāre; see sibilant, -age

1. banter, badinage, jesting. Unabridged
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persiflage (ˈpɜːsɪˌflɑːʒ)
light frivolous conversation, style, or treatment; friendly teasing
[C18: via French, from persifler to tease, from per- (intensive) + siffler to whistle, from Latin sībilāre to whistle]

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Word Origin & History

1757, from Fr. persiflage, from persifler "to banter," from L. per- "through" + Fr. siffler "to whistle, hiss," from collateral form of L. sibilare "to hiss," possibly of imitative origin.
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Example sentences
But none of that persiflage changes the basic situation.
The time straying toward infidelity and confections and persiflage he withholds by steady faith.
With profitable information and entertaining persiflage he made his column attractive.
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