pleasantry


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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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For many years Jess had been employed about the cemetery as a man-of-all-work and it was his favorite pleasantry that he knew "every soul in the place.
I hope your dreams have been pleasanter than that," I ventured at this moment to stammer, rising, a startling apparition, from my ambush behind a mound of brambles; and before she had time to take in the situation I added that I hoped she'd excuse my little pleasantry, and told her how I had noticed her and the wounded bicycle, et cetera, et cetera, as the reader can well imagine, without giving me the trouble of writing it all out.
And on that account also did they tolerate your unbelief, because it was a pleasantry and a by-path for the people.
He was one of the best-natured fellows in the world, and was, at the same time, master of so much pleasantry and humour, that he was reputed the wit of the country; and all the neighbouring gentlemen were so desirous of his company, that as denying was not his talent, he spent much time at their houses, which he might, with more emolument, have spent in his school.
Route toward Wind River Dangerous neighborhood Alarms and precautions A sham encampment Apparition of an Indian spy Midnight move A mountain defile The Wind River valley Tracking a party Deserted camps Symptoms of Crows Meeting of comrades A trapper entrapped Crow pleasantry Crow spies A decampment Return to Green River valley Meeting with Fitzpatrick's party Their adventures among the Crows Orthodox Crows
Their talk seemed to open to one the brilliant world in which they lived; every sentence made one older and wiser, every pleasantry enlarged one's horizon.
She sought to detain them for a little talk and some pleasantry.
It may be easily imagined how the relationship between Aramis and a seamstress who called the queen her sister amuse the young men; but Aramis, after having blushed two or three times up to the whites of his eyes at the gross pleasantry of Porthos, begged his friends not to revert to the subject again, declaring that if a single word more was said to him about it, he would never again implore his cousins to interfere in such affairs.
Elizabeth tried to join in her father's pleasantry, but could only force one most reluctant smile.
Philip, younger and more frivolous, could not repress a smile, which flattered Mazarin as an applause of his pleasantry.
These successive statements were received with the proper expressions of amusement, incredulity and gratitude; and the visit was breaking up in a vein of mild pleasantry when the door opened to admit the Countess Olenska, who entered in bonnet and mantle followed by the unexpected figure of Julius Beaufort.

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