He possesses the logic of the first, the persiflage of the second, and some of the sublimity of the third.
She was tall, beautiful, lively, gracious and learned in persiflage.
His Excellency, therefore, was thoroughly annoyed, and Castrillon's persiflage fell heavily upon his ears.
No one spoke for a moment, and even von Brning had no persiflage ready.
He was content to laugh, and let the hour go past in such flim-flams of criticism and persiflage.
She looked at him through his persiflage wistfully, searchingly.
Mrs. Spaulding enlightened me on the hotel piazza, after luncheon, when, as a sequence to this persiflage I brought up my friend.
No matter how happy you should be, I should always want you to keep that tone of persiflage.
The attitude and persiflage under such depressing conditions did not fail to impress our guards.
Florida listened to his persiflage with an air of sad distraction.
1757, from French persiflage, from persifler "to banter" (18c.), from Latin per- "through" (see per) + French siffler "to whistle, hiss," from collateral form of Latin sibilare "to hiss," possibly of imitative origin. Said to have been introduced in English by Chesterfield.