persiflage

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English[edit]

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From French persiflage, from persifler (to quiz, tease, mock), from per- + siffler (to whistle), from Latin sībilō (whistle).

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persiflage (countable and uncountable, plural persiflages)

  1. Good-natured banter; raillery.
    After the third strike he returned to the bench to face the inevitable persiflage from his teammates.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], OCLC 24531354, page 208:
      No one can deny Lady Charlotte Bury's assertion, that no well-regulated young female will ever indulge in a species of amusement so improper as flirtation; but it must be admitted, that having a pleasant partner is preferable to not dancing, and that a little persiflage, a little raillery, a little flattery, go far to make a partner pleasant.
  2. Frivolous, lighthearted discussion of a topic.
    Polite dinner calls for persiflage rather than in-depth possibly offensive discussion.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French persiflage.

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  • IPA(key): /ˌpɛr.siˈflaː.ʒə/
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  • Hyphenation: per‧si‧fla‧ge
  • Rhymes: -aːʒə

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persiflage m (plural persiflages)

  1. Lighthearted caricature or mockery, as in a comedy sketch.
  2. (archaic) Ridiculing mispresenting or misconstruing.

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persifler +‎ -age

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persiflage m (plural persiflages)

  1. ridicule or malicious mockery made under the guise of good-natured raillery

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