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Friday, June 21, 2002

Definitions for persiflage

  1. light, bantering talk or writing.
  2. a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.

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Citations for persiflage
Now go away then, and leave me alone. I don't want any more of your meretricious persiflage. D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love, 1920
It was impossible that the thick hempen rope could be unknotted by such persiflage as this. Kate Grenville, The Secret River, 2005
Origin of persiflage
Persiflage entered English in the 1750s. It is derived from the French word persifler meaning "to banter."