Definition of persiflage in English:


Line breaks: per¦si|flage
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːsɪflɑːʒ


[mass noun] formal
  • Light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter: an air of persiflage
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    • 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.


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

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