-Light, bantering talk or writing.

-A frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.

From French word persifler meaning "to banter.” Entered English in the 1750s.

Used in a Sentence:

“Now go away then, and leave me alone. I don't want any more of your meretricious persiflage.”

~D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love, 1920

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