japery

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japery (countable and uncountable, plural japeries)

  1. Jesting, joking
    • 2009 February 22, Walter Kirn, “Insult as Injury”, New York Times:
      In his opening pages he defines snark negatively — as a practice that certain famed comics are often charged with, but undeservedly and inaccurately because they actually trade in “irony” and also, one can’t help but gather from Denby’s remarks, because they’re politically virtuous in their japery, even when their words seem cruel and harsh.

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