jest

noun
1.  a humorous utterance or action; joke.
His comment was intended to be a jest, but, unfortunately, it was taken seriously.
She began her speech with a jest that made her audience immediately warm to her.

2.  a humorous or playful manner or attitude.
They punched at each other, but it was only in jest.
The remark was made in jest, but it was offensive to many nonetheless.


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