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raillery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n raillery light teasing repartee
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Raillery Pleasantry or slight satire; banter; jesting language; satirical merriment. "Let raillery be without malice or heat.""Studies employed on low objects; the very naming of them is sufficient to turn them into raillery ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n raillery Good-humored pleasantry or ridicule; satirical merriment; jesting language; banter.
    • n raillery A jest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Raillery (rāl′ėr-i, or ral′-) railing or mockery: banter: good-humoured irony
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. raillerie, fr. railler,. See Rail to scoff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. railler—L. rallum, a hoe—radĕre, to scrape.

Usage

In literature:

But already Madame's kind old face had shed its mask of raillery.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
When he spoke there was a note of easy raillery in his voice.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
His powers of wit and raillery never failed him, even to the last.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
They were received with raillery and insult.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The raillery could not have been intended for me, since already I had passed on.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
There was a terrible audience, in which the accused commenced with raillery and ended with accusation.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
I fled from England to escape the condolence of my friends and the raillery of my adversaries.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
Raillery and banter poured incessantly on Madge and Absalom, who replied with equal freedom.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
All raillery strikes them as cruel.
"Conversation" by Mary Greer Conklin
His eyes dwelt on her with no raillery in their depths, only a longing which grew with each jesting word he spoke.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Was it possible that already his preference was given to Diana, with her light raillery and ready laugh?
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
He knew their raillery was meant to cheer him up, because of his inexperience, and their desperate situation.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
The door opened and Christina turned with a word of gay raillery, but stopped suddenly.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
Raillery, not good at the Roman bar, ii., 262.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
He shook his head at his son's raillery and made no reply.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
Jessie paid no heed to their raillery beyond smiling enigmatically.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
His raillery, his warm, voluptuous mocking presence was meat and joy to the Brangwen household.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The note of sympathetic concern under her raillery brought a glimmer of hopefulness into his moody eyes.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Amelia was always restive under raillery.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
I must not omit a circumstance which exposed him to raillery his whole life after.
"The Tatler, Volume 3" by Various
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In poetry:

Again thou'lt smile, and blushing shun
Some coxcomb's raillery;
Nor own for once thou thought'st on one,
Who ever thinks on thee.
"Stanzas Composed During A Thunderstorm" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

New workers at the plant can expect to endure some raillery and joshing from the old-timers.
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