French railleriefrom Old French raillerto teaserail3
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Raillery Sentence Examples
Many of her young friends ventured on a little gentle raillery.
Various repressive remedies were proposed, but Shaftesbury maintained that fanaticism was best encountered by "raillery" and "good-humour."
1 "He is too much given to horse-play in his raillery, and comes to battle like a dictator from the plough.
If you pressed him for an opinion he took refuge in raillery, and threw out some paradox with which it was not easy to cope.
These evil tendencies in the popular presentation of Christianity undoubtedly begot in Shaftesbury's mind a certain amount of repugnance and contempt to some of the doctrines of Christianity itself; and, cultivating, almost of set purpose, his sense of the ridiculous, he was too apt to assume towards such doctrines and their teachers a tone of raillery.