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Friday, November 17, 2000

raillery

\RAY-luh-ree\ , noun;
1.
Good-humored banter or teasing.
2.
An instance of good-humored teasing; a jest.
Quotes:
I moved from one knot of people to another, surrounded by a kind of envious respect because of Sophie's interest in me, although subjected to a certain mordant raillery from some of this witty company.
-- Peter Brooks, World Elsewhere
Her raillery and mockery are fun -- but ultimately rather tiring, and tiresome.
-- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, "Eastward Ho!" review of Shards of Memory, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, New York Times, September 17, 1995
Origin:
Raillery is from French raillerie, from Old French railler, "to tease, to mock."
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