Definition of persiflage in English:

persiflage

Syllabification: per·si·flage
Pronunciation: /ˈpərsəˌfläZH
 
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noun

formal
  • Light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.
    More example sentences
    • Its all ephemera and persiflage, as we sit mocking in the plumes as political gadflies who tell the truth.
    • When they look at academic discourse they see only persiflage: fancy words, convoluted syntax, and the pretentious invocation of authority.
    • He was not one to mince matters, nor did he wrap up inconvenient topics in persiflage.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French persifler 'to banter', based on siffler 'to whistle'.

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