Definition of persiflage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərsəˌfläZH/


Light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.
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.


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

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Syllabification: per·si·flage

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