pleasantry

Part of speech: noun

Playfulness; jest.

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Usage examples "pleasantry":

  1. At first she took the thing for a pleasantry: but the husband soon convinced her that nothing was more serious. - "Paris As It Was and As It Is", Francis W. Blagdon.
  2. To the faults of others Carl was always ready to accord a praiseworthy degree of indulgence, he never uttered harsh words in a tone of bitterness, and when he pronounced censure, his reproof was invariably clothed in some form of pleasantry. - "The Progressionists, and Angela.", Conrad von Bolanden.
  3. The other ladies looked at each other for a moment or two with meaning glances; then Mrs. Talbot remarked, in a quiet way, but with a little pleasantry in her voice, as if she were not right clear in regard to her young friend's state of feeling, Oh dear! - "After the Storm", T. S. Arthur.