a French term for a light, quizzing mockery, or scoffing, specially on serious subjects, out of a cool, callous contempt for them.

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

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  • persiflage — 1757, from Fr. persiflage, from persifler to banter, from L. per through + Fr. siffler to whistle, hiss, from collateral form of L. sibilare to hiss, possibly of imitative origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • Persiflage — Per si flage , n. [F., fr. persifler to quiz, fr. L. per + siffler to whistle, hiss, L. sibilare, sifilare.] Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery. Hannah More. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Persiflage — Persiflage, jener seine Spott, welcher, mit Hilfe der Ironie, eine Person oder Sache lächerlich zu machen sucht. B–l …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Persiflage — (–lahsch), seiner Spott; persifliren, verspotten …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • persiflage — *badinage, raillery Analogous words: bantering or banter, chaffing or chaff (see BANTER): ridiculing or ridicule, twitting, deriding or derision (see corresponding verbs at RIDICULE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • persiflage — [pʉr′sə fläzh΄] n. [Fr < persifler, to banter < per (see PER ) + siffler, to whistle, hiss < L sifilare, var. of sibilare: see SIBILANT] 1. a light, frivolous or flippant style of writing or speaking 2. such talk or writing …   English World dictionary

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