Pleasantry vs Peasantry - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between pleasantry and peasantry
is that pleasantry
is a casual, courteous remark while peasantry
is (historical) impoverished rural farm workers, either as serfs, small freeholders or hired hands.
A casual, courteous remark
A playful remark; a jest
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- Charlie Mulgrew could easily have been shown two yellow cards by a stricter referee and amid all the usual Anglo-Scottish pleasantries , the two sets of fans put an awful lot of effort into trying to drown out one another’s national anthems.
(historical) Impoverished rural farm workers, either as serfs, small freeholders or hired hands.
Ignorant people of the lowest social status; bumpkins, rustics.
- 1920' ''They distressed her. They were so stolid. She had always maintained that there is no American '''peasantry , and she sought now to defend her faith by seeing imagination and enterprise in the young Swedish farmers, and in a traveling man working over his order-blanks. But the older people, Yankees as well as Norwegians, Germans, Finns, Canucks, had settled into submission to poverty. They were peasants, she groaned.'' — Sinclair Lewis, Main Street",
- 1885' ''Such strange lingering echoes of the old demon worship might perhaps even now be caught by the diligent listener among the gray-haired '''peasantry ; for the rude mind with difficulty associates the ideas of power and benignity.'' — George Eliot, ''Silas Marner ,