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raillery - vocabulary

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noun

Good-humored satire, ridicule, or banter.

There is a simple but effective test of satire, one that hails back to Aristotle. "Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor," he said, "for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit."

—Jon Sanders
“Liberals Don't Get the Joke, But They'll Try to Get the One Who Made It” Townhall.com, May 8, 2007

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