noun, plural pleasantries.
good-humored teasing; banter.
a humorous or jesting remark.
a courteous social remark used to initiate or facilitate a conversation: to exchange pleasantries.
a humorous action.

1645–55; < French plaisanterie, Old French plesanterie. See pleasant, -ry Unabridged
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pleasantry (ˈplɛzəntrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  (often plural) an agreeable or amusing remark, often one made in order to be polite: they exchanged pleasantries
2.  an agreeably humorous manner or style
3.  rare enjoyment; pleasantness: a pleasantry of life
[C17: from French plaisanterie, from plaisantpleasant]

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The powerful hold in deep remembrance an ill-timed pleasantry.
He spoke of it to those who loved him with a gentle pleasantry, which made it the more touching.
From your perspective, a nostalgic pleasantry of sound from a non poisonous frog.
He explained in his answer that it was only a pleasantry.
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