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persiflage

[pur-suh-flahzh, pair-] /ˈpɜr səˌflɑʒ, ˈpɛər-/
noun
1.
light, bantering talk or writing.
2.
a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.
Origin
1750-1760
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
Synonyms
1. banter, badinage, jesting.
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persiflage

/ˈpɜːsɪˌflɑːʒ/
noun
1.
light frivolous conversation, style, or treatment; friendly teasing
Word Origin
C18: via French, from persifler to tease, from per- (intensive) + siffler to whistle, from Latin sībilāre to whistle
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Word Origin and History for persiflage
n.

1757, from French persiflage, from persifler "to banter" (18c.), from Latin per- "through" (see per) + French siffler "to whistle, hiss," from collateral form of Latin sibilare "to hiss," possibly of imitative origin. Said to have been introduced in English by Chesterfield.

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