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pleas·ant·ry

 (plĕz′ən-trē)
n. pl. pleas·ant·ries
1. A humorous remark or act; a jest.
2. A polite social utterance; a civility: exchanged pleasantries before getting down to business.
3. A good-humored or playful manner in conversation or social relations.

[French plaisanterie, from Old French plesanterie, from plaisant, pleasant; see pleasant.]

pleasantry

(ˈplɛzəntrɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (often plural) an agreeable or amusing remark, often one made in order to be polite: they exchanged pleasantries.
2. an agreeably humorous manner or style
3. rare enjoyment; pleasantness: a pleasantry of life.
[C17: from French plaisanterie, from plaisant pleasant]

pleas•ant•ry

(ˈplɛz ən tri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. good-humored teasing; banter.
2. a humorous action or remark.
3. a courteous remark used to facilitate a conversation.
[1645–55; < French plaisanterie, Old French plesanterie. See pleasant, -ry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleasantry - an agreeable or amusing remark; "they exchange pleasantries"
jest, joke, jocularity - activity characterized by good humor

pleasantry

noun (usually plural) comment, remark, casual remark, polite remark They exchanged pleasantries about the weather.

pleasantry

noun
A courteous act or courteous acts that contribute to smoothness and ease in dealings and social relationships
amenity (used in plural), civility, courtesy, politeness, propriety (used in plural).
Translations

pleasantry

[ˈplezntrɪ] N
1. (= joke) → chiste m, broma f
2. (= polite remark) → cumplido m
to exchange pleasantriesintercambiar los cumplidos de rigor

pleasantry

[ˈplɛzəntri]
n
(= joke) → plaisanterie f pleasantries
npl (= polite remarks) → civilités fpl
to exchange pleasantries → échanger des civilités

pleasantry

n (= joking remark)Scherz m; (= polite remark)Höflichkeit f, → Nettigkeit f

pleasantry

[ˈplɛzntrɪ] n (joke) → battuta di spirito, spiritosaggine f; (polite remark) to exchange pleasantriesscambiarsi convenevoli
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The PM must cut the pleasantries and tackle Sisi's appalling human rights abuses and slapdash airport security.