One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
teasing, good-humoured mockery, chaff, banter, ragging, badinage, japingView synonyms
- ‘New Australians were treated with wary raillery.’
- ‘And so commences the raillery, at the expense of the grousing giant.’
- ‘Passions ran high as raillery at the religious orders, and attacks on collaborationist elites found expression in personal correspondence and in the press.’
- ‘Won't this type of biting raillery create enemies for you when it is published?’
- ‘There was laughter and raillery as he came aboard dripping, but Armand allowed the incident to be treated as a joke.’
- ‘The raillery of the two main characters lacks any real emotional context.’
- ‘How would one teach that poem to a future generation that had come to regard the word as a piece of raillery?’
- ‘The talking of the people was a sustained murmur from which now and then a few intelligible words escaped: a greeting, some bit of raillery, a reprimand to a horse, an oath.’
- ‘In all seriousness, and raillery aside, it was and is inspiring to know that a site like this can be so successful and have such a loyal following.’
- ‘Apparently, it therefore equates to humorous ridicule in the general sense, or good-honoured raillery.’
- ‘Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.’
Mid 17th century: from French raillerie, from railler ‘to rail’ (see rail).
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