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Examples of raillery in a Sentence
Luke had to put up with a lot of raillery from his sister the first time he asked a girl for a date.
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Some may feel, in this Trumpus Caesar summer, that such raillery, let alone the underlying idea of trying to understand why Americans have shot presidents, is an untoward or trite provocation.
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Raillery is the anglicized form of the French word raillerie, which stems from the Middle French verb railler, meaning "to mock." "Railler," which probably comes from Old French reillier ("to growl" or "to mutter") and ultimately from Late Latin ragere ("to neigh"), also gave us our verb "rail." But "rail" and "raillery" are quite different in tone. Rail means "to revile or scold in harsh, insolent, or abusive language," whereas "raillery" usually suggests cutting wit that pokes fun good-naturedly.
Origin and Etymology of raillery
First Known Use: 1643See Words from the same year
Synonymsbackchat, badinage, chaff, give-and-take, jesting, joshing, persiflage, banter, repartee
Related Wordsbarb, crack, dig, gag, gambit, jest, joke, laugh, pleasantry, quip, sally, waggery, wisecrack, witticism; drollness, facetiousness, funniness, hilariousness, humorousness, richness; fooling, kidding, mocking, razzing, ribbing, ridiculing; humor, wit, wordplay; nothings; chatter, chitchat, gossip, small talk
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