raillery

[rey-luh-ree]
noun, plural railleries.
1.
good-humored ridicule; banter.
2.
a bantering remark.

Origin:
1645–55; < French raillerie, equivalent to Middle French raill(er) to rail2 + -erie -ery


1. jesting, joking, badinage, chaff, pleasantry.
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raillery (ˈreɪlərɪ)
 
n , pl -leries
1.  light-hearted satire or ridicule; banter
2.  an example of this, esp a bantering remark
 
[C17: from French, from railler to tease, banter; see rail²]

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raillery
1653, from Fr. raillerie, from M.Fr. railler "to tease" (see rail (v.)).
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Example sentences
Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one's wit at the expense of one's better nature.
Setting raillery aside, let us attend to serious matters.
To use this sharp raillery against opponents and antagonists in judicial pleading seems allowable rhetoric.
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