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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pleasantry an agreeable or amusing remark "they exchange pleasantries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pleasantry That which denotes or promotes pleasure or good humor; cheerfulness; gayety; merriment; especially, an agreeable playfulness in conversation; a jocose or humorous remark; badinage. "The grave abound in pleasantries, the dull in repartees and points of wit.""The keen observation and ironical pleasantry of a finished man of the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pleasantry Good humor; cheerfulness; sprightliness.
    • n pleasantry Humorousness: jocularity; witticism; raillery; wit.
    • n pleasantry A sprightly or humorous saying; a jest.
    • n pleasantry A laughable trick; a prank; a caper: as, the pleasantries of monkeys. Addison. Synonyms Sport, fun, facetiousness, jocoseness, drollery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pleasantry anything that promotes pleasure: merriment: lively or humorous talk: a trick:—pl. Pleas′antries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. plaisanterie,. See Pleasant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. plaisir (Fr. plaire)—L. placēre, to please.


In literature:

He had a pleasantry of happy expression wherever it was needed.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
She made an effort to sustain the note of pleasantry.
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
So Gaston did not return the pleasantry of Jock's wink.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
What quality was it in Mrs. Hilary that invariably brought both discussion and pleasantry to a standstill?
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VII. (of X.)" by Various
Badger strode on without a word, for he was in no humor for pleasantries.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
With a smile, in a tone of pleasantry?
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
Don't make this a task, but surround it with pleasantries.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
Only a few casual pleasantries, and then a quiet gliding into the business of his visit.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
But here comes Sir Peter to spoil our pleasantry.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
But Frank did not so much enjoy the pleasantry.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
Lucille's clear laugh was ever ready to welcome some little pleasantry, and she joined occasionally in the talk.
"Dross" by Henry Seton Merriman
A good deal of pleasantry passed upon this.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
Mansana, however, calmly put aside her fears with a frigid pleasantry.
"Captain Mansana and Mother's Hands" by Björnstjerne Björnson
Grotesque characters, and extravagant pleasantry constitute the chief part of their comedies.
"The Stranger in France" by John Carr
Say that my pleasantry was misplaced, say that she was weary and strained beyond her power, say what you will in excuse, I allow it all.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
I pray your majesty to pardon me, that I have taken your pleasantry in such serious part.
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
Grossness is not difficult to define: it is obtrusive and objectionable pleasantry.
"Book of Wise Sayings" by W. A. Clouston
This bit of pleasantry was resented by my neighbor, who told his man to throw them to the hogs.
"Little Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor" by Various
But in this is supplied to him no sufficient excuse for his obscene and blasphemous pleasantry.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
At Eton, however, he was a general favourite for his pleasantry, the gentleness of his manner, and the smartness of his repartee.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various

In poetry:

Surely, I mused, it was pleasantry
Devised by one who did not truly know
The Elder Sign, bequeathed from long ago,
That sets the fumbling forms of darkness free.
"The Messenger" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Who once felt bliss, no more will feel its essence,
A moment’s happiness is all that we receive:
From youth, prosperity and joyful pleasantry,
All that is left is apathy and grief...
"Don’t Ask Me Why" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

In news:

Before issuing pleasantries to the media following his annual golf outing Wednesday at Karsten Creek, Mike Gundy delivered a bit of bad news for his program.
Even with Week 3 games nearly upon us, many of us in the NFC North are still exchanging pleasantries about a series of Week 2 officiating calls.
After a few pleasantries, he got around to the point.
Lansing letter carrier delivers parcels, pleasantries for more than 56 years.
Planning for interview details such as eye contact and pleasantries are important for those with Asperger 's.
Patriots fans will not be exchanging pleasantries with Colts players.
The Sun reports that Madge and John met up at a restaurant in Nice, France and exchanged pleasantries.
Forget the pleasantries because Eastern Wayne head coach Bubba Williams insists that his team is not just happy to be in the postseason.
Enator James L Buckley and his Democratic-Liberal opponent, Daniel P Moynihan made their final joint appearance of the campaign yesterday in what turned out to be a debate on issues and an exchange of pleasantries with barbs.
A typical meeting is sometimes like a blind date: You sit down, make some pleasantries, then talk about what you want for the future.