Pleasantries
Pleasantry Pleas"ant*ry, n.; pl. {Pleasantries}. [F. plaisanterie. See {Pleasant}.] That which denotes or promotes pleasure or good humor; cheerfulness; gayety; merriment; especially, an agreeable playfulness in conversation; a jocose or humorous remark; badinage. [1913 Webster]

The grave abound in pleasantries, the dull in repartees and points of wit. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The keen observation and ironical pleasantry of a finished man of the world. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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