raillery


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rail·ler·y

 (rā′lə-rē)
n. pl. rail·ler·ies
1. Good-natured teasing or ridicule; banter.
2. An instance of bantering or teasing.

[French raillerie, from Old French railler, to tease; see rail3.]

raillery

(ˈreɪlərɪ)
n, pl -leries
1. light-hearted satire or ridicule; banter
2. an example of this, esp a bantering remark
[C17: from French, from railler to tease, banter; see rail2]

rail•ler•y

(ˈreɪ lə ri)

n., pl. -ler•ies.
1. good-humored ridicule; banter.
2. a bantering remark.
[1645–55; < French raillerie]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.raillery - light teasing reparteeraillery - light teasing repartee    
repartee - adroitness and cleverness in reply
badinage - frivolous banter
persiflage - light teasing

raillery

noun
Good-natured teasing:
Informal: ribbing.
Translations

raillery

[ˈreɪlərɪ] Nburlas fpl, chanzas fpl

raillery

nNeckerei f, → Stichelei f, → gutmütiger Spott
References in classic literature ?
"This raillery," cries Sophia, "is a little cruel, Lady Bellaston, after my promise to your ladyship."
Darya Alexandrovna saw that Anna disliked the tone of raillery that existed between her and Veslovsky, but fell in with it against her will.
Marianne was vexed at it for her sister's sake, and turned her eyes towards Elinor to see how she bore these attacks, with an earnestness which gave Elinor far more pain than could arise from such common-place raillery as Mrs.
Perhaps Catherine was wrong in not demanding the cause of that gentle emotion -- but she was not experienced enough in the finesse of love, or the duties of friendship, to know when delicate raillery was properly called for, or when a confidence should be forced.
Therefore, Sweet railed at Pitman as vainly as Thersites railed at Ajax: his raillery, however it may have eased his soul, gave no popular vogue to Current Shorthand.
And do you know the new way of courting?" said Pierre with an amused smile, evidently in that cheerful mood of good humored raillery for which he so often reproached himself in his diary.
There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia, that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or with raillery; whether to consider it as a mere trial of skill, like the paradoxes of rhetoricians; as a disingenuous artifice to instil prejudices at any price; or as the serious offspring of political fanaticism.
D'Urberville turned his face to her as they rocked, and said, in playful raillery: "Now then, put your arms round my waist again, as you did before, my Beauty."
The accidents of conversation; the simple habits which regulated even such a little thing as the position of our places at table; the play of Miss Halcombe's ever-ready raillery, always directed against my anxiety as teacher, while it sparkled over her enthusiasm as pupil; the harmless expression of poor Mrs.
"Bah!" retorted Passepartout, with an air of raillery.
"And why not?" said Aramis, in his tone of raillery. "Is it Mazarin's proximity that makes you so prudent?"
Piqued at their raillery, he had been practicing ever since he had joined the expedition, but without success.