Raillery is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of raillery, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - light teasing repartee
EXAMPLES - Raillery in a Sentence
- He indulged in gentle raillery at God with closed doors. (source)
- It was a cheap kind of raillery, to be sure, but it served. (source)
- They are the only support of convivial raillery, and domestic wit. (source)
- So complaints about immigrants are essentially xenophobic raillery. (source)
- They took their revenge in raillery, which was not always good-natured. (source)
- The raillery of these Congressional critics has rarely been without cause. (source)
- This raillery was interrupted by the appearance of Edgar in an opposite box. (source)
- But a second later she had snatched them away and was treating him to raillery. (source)
- Camilla; not sparing, however, her well-merited raillery at the awkward exploit of young Tyrold. (source)
- Absent from the Jeter controversy has been envy or raillery about the horrors of income inequality. (source)
- He was gifted, on occasion, with a gentle raillery, which almost always concealed a serious meaning. (source)
- Gen. Stuart especially used to break the ice & make him laugh, sometimes uproariously, at his grotesque raillery. (source)
- He assumed a tone of raillery, which is, perhaps, the readiest mode of escaping from the feelings of self-reproof. (source)
- Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery. (source)
- There was a kind of raillery in their hesitance, but the faith they've placed in their newest label, Carnival Music, is undeniable. (source)
- Howls of delight greeted this sally, and the raillery continued, following Jamie down the hall to the kitchen and back up the stairs. (source)
- Camilla rejoiced she did not exact any further restriction, and hoped all raillery would soon be set aside, by an honourable explanation. (source)
- Camilla, distressed and confused, sought to parry the whole as raillery: but Mrs. Arlbery would not be turned aside from her subject and purpose. (source)
- The diverse forms assumed by thought in the realm of slang, even song, even raillery, even menace, all partook of this powerless and dejected character. (source)
- Their letters usually discussed political issues, like nuclear war and the food shortages, but the jokey raillery of close friendship was never far away. (source)
- Much raillery followed the sight of her changed countenance; the hotel was pronounced to be haunted, and by a ghost reduced to that plight from her cruelty. (source)
- On a languid day of dalliance and raillery among courtiers after a hunt, I wearily beat the gourd of ennui and left them, seeking better amusement elsewhere. (source)
- Nothing could be less pleasant to Camilla than raillery which pointed out, that, even by the unreflecting Lionel, this action could be ascribed to but one motive. (source)
- Nicolini was Handel's most famous castrato who starred in Rinaldo, and let Addison into such a field of raillery, which I think Sir Archy once covered for this blog. (source)
- But Halder, who, to want of feeling, added want of sense, roared out, with rude raillery, a gross, which he thought witty attack, both of the defender and the defended. (source)
- Though it cost her an effort, she had enough pride to rise above the dizzying effects of that kiss, and managed to reply with a creditable assumption of gentle raillery. (source)
- Hathaway, playing Viola, a young woman shipwrecked on the seacoast of Illyria who disguises herself as a young male page in the court of Orsino, is engaged in raillery with the jester Feste. (source)
- I wish I could once clearly understand the state of your mind about Mr Vincent, and then I should be able to judge how far I might indulge myself in raillery without being absolutely impertinent. (source)
- Matilda endeavoured to see her mother some part of every day; but in doing so she did not escape the raillery of Mr. Sutherland, on the romantic preference which she shewed for the society of the unknown recluse. (source)
- The quickwitted, though fantastic Provencaux, soon found out the heaviness of his intellect, and the extent of his good-nature, and amused themselves at his expense, by ironical compliments and well-veiled raillery. (source)
- The raillery which is consistent with good-breeding is a gentle animadversion on some foible; which, while it raises a laugh in the rest of the company, doth not put the person rallied out of countenance, or expose him to shame and contempt. (source)
- In short, that agreeable turn, that gaiety, which yet maintains the delicacy of its character, without falling into dulness or into buffoonery; that elegant raillery, which is the flower of fine wit, is the qualification which comedy requires. (source)
- "Nowhere in that opening gush of feel-good highlight reels, self-improvement plans, spiritual quests, aha! moments, celebrity master classes, and people finding their truths and living their own best lives was there a snicker of malice or a hint of raillery," she wrote. (source)
- Having, in this manner, diverted herself with my confusion, till her raillery was almost exhausted, she congratulated me very seriously upon the partiality of Lord Orville, and painted to me, in the strongest terms, his disinterested desire of being married to me immediately. (source)
- Enter Greg Craven, whose nationally acclaimed new book, What's the Worst That Could Happen: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate (Perigree) shatters the back-and-forth raillery and unending road blocks over the climate change debate with a breakthrough rationale for making decisions. (source)
- It would appear that he was chiefly resorted to for comic underplots, in which he brought in a good deal of horseplay, and a power of reporting the low-life humours of the London of his day more accurate than refined, together with not a little stock-stage wit, such as raillery of Welsh and Irish dialect. (source)
- And though his income, as you know, was so small, he never ran in debt, and by an exact but open oeconomy, escaped all imputation of meanness: while by forbearing either to conceal, or repine at his limited fortune, he blunted even the raillery of the dissipated, by frankly and good humouredly meeting it half way. (source)
- He excelled in that specious, though apparently heedless raillery, which is so apt to slip without suspicion into a lady's ear; and he could ply his suit, under this disguise, with such seeming artlessness and unconcern, that a lodgement in the citadel was sometimes effected ere the garrison was aware of the intrusion. (source)
- I thank you for that excellent mixture of truth advice, and raillery contain'd in your long letter, which ought to have been answerd immediately, but being so well apprized of your patients 'case you will the more readily forgive his neglect, which has chiefly proceeded from absolute inability to think or feel in the right humour. (source)
- Then came the sly intimation, the oblique remark, all that sugar-lipped raillery which is fitted for the situation of a man about to do a foolish thing, whether it be to publish or to marry, and that accompanied with the discreet nods and winks of such friends as are in the secret, and the obliging eagerness of others to know all about it. (source)
- Sir Philip readily assented to a proposition which saved expense, silenced the foolish people who might have talked of a deserted wife and family, and gratified Lady Bothwell, for whom he felt some respect, as for one who often spoke to him, always with freedom, and sometimes with severity, without being deterred either by his raillery, or the prestige of his reputation. (source)
- I here except that kind of raillery, therefore, which is concerned in tossing men out of their chairs, tumbling them into water, or any of those handicraft jokes which are exercised on those notable persons commonly known by the name of buffoons; who are contented to feed their belly at the price of their br -- ch, and to carry off the wine and the p-- ss of a great man together. (source)
- Our little Frenchman, Tonish, also, by his incessant boasting, and chattering, and gasconading, in his balderdashed dialect, had drawn upon himself the ridicule of many of the wags of the troop, who amused themselves at his expense in a kind of raillery by no means remarkable for its delicacy; but the little varlet was so completely fortified by vanity and self-conceit, that he was invulnerable to every joke. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "raillery" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 8 synonyms for raillery.
badinage, fun, jesting, joking, joshing, ribbing, ridicule, teasing
We have 4 antonyms for raillery.
flattery, praise, seriousness, work
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of raillery from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Good-natured teasing or ridicule; banter.
- (noun) An instance of bantering or teasing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) good-natured ridicule, jest or banter
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Pleasantry or slight satire; banter; jesting language; satirical merriment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Good-humored pleasantry or ridicule; satirical merriment; jesting language; banter.
- (noun) A jest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) light teasing repartee