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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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.
And Isaacs & Sons were delighted at the great man's pleasantry, and afterward repeated it many times, calling upon each other to bear witness, and Spear felt as though some one had given him a new backbone, and Andrews, who was guiding Thorndike out of the building, was thinking to himself what a great confidence man had been lost when Thorndike became a banker.
Omer, after he had uttered this libellous pleasantry.
He now retorted in a coarse lumpish way, and Startop tried to turn the discussion aside with some small pleasantry that made us all laugh.
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.
Tiring of Paulvitch, one of the men essayed a pleasantry.
said Bonacieux, hesitating to take the purse, fearing, doubtless, that this pretended gift was but a pleasantry.
Doubtless Signor Pastrini found this pleasantry compromising, for he only answered half the question, and then he spoke to Franz, as the only one likely to listen with attention.
Elizabeth tried to join in her father's pleasantry, but could only force one most reluctant smile.
Hooper raised a glass of wine to his lips, wishing happiness to the newmarried couple in a strain of mild pleasantry that ought to have brightened the features of the guests, like a cheerful gleam from the hearth.
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

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