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raillery

[rey-luh-ree] /ˈreɪ lə ri/
noun, plural railleries.
1.
good-humored ridicule; banter.
2.
a bantering remark.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < French raillerie, equivalent to Middle French raill(er) to rail2 + -erie -ery
Synonyms
1. jesting, joking, badinage, chaff, pleasantry.
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Examples from the web for raillery
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for raillery

raillery

/ˈreɪlərɪ/
noun (pl) -leries
1.
light-hearted satire or ridicule; banter
2.
an example of this, esp a bantering remark
Word Origin
C17: from French, from railler to tease, banter; see rail²
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Word Origin and History for raillery
n.

"good-humored ridicule," 1650s, from rail (v.) + -ery, or perhaps from French raillerie, from Middle French railler "to tease" (see rail (v.1)).

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