Jest in a sentence

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Definition of Jest

  • Something done or said in order to amuse; a joke; a witticism; a jocose or sportive remark or phrase. See Synonyms under Jest v. i.
  • The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.
  • To make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything.
  • activity characterized by good humor
  • a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
  • act in a funny or teasing way
  • tell a joke; speak humorously

How to use jest in a sentence. Jest pronunciation.

And tho' he should be so Happy as never to smile at a _Prophane Jest_, nor join in Applauding a _Vitious_ Play; yet, will that exempt him from a Share of that _Guilt_ which his Presence and Purse has help'd to support?
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Serious_ made a Jest of?
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But now you talk of that, I'll tell you a good Jest was put last Week upon a Friend of mine, a _Linnen-Draper_, who 'tho he'd so much Holland of his own, wou'd needs be taking up of other Folk's.
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But the jest seemed to involve her in too much familiarity with Mr Barmby; for her own peace it was better to treat him with all possible coldness.
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Nancy made a jest of her mistake.
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On Jubilee night he was anything but a tedious companion; apart from her critical friend, Jessica had listened without impatience to his jests, his instructive facts, his flowing rhetoric.
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He hath ever some lewd jest on his tongue.
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Never, either in public or when tete-a-tete, was there a jest, a word, or a look which the most sensitive virtue could fear.
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There was no indication of any danger whatever; laugh and jest were beginning to go round.
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A bullet broke a piece of hardtack which a man was lifting to his mouth; without even stopping in the act of lifting it to his mouth, he ate the piece, with a jest.
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None, I protest; but I'll give you a pottle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell him my name is Brook-only for a jest. HOST.
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That were a jest indeed!
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If I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me, then let me be your jest; I deserve it.
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I had a father, Mistress Anne; my uncle can tell you good jests of him.
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Pray you, uncle, tell Mistress Anne the jest how my father stole two geese out of a pen, good uncle.
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Od's heartlings, that's a pretty jest indeed!
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I'll warrant they'll have him publicly sham'd; and methinks there would be no period to the jest, should he not be publicly sham'd. MRS.
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I pray you, come, hold up the jest no higher.
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Bootless grief hurts a man’s self, but patience makes a jest of an injury.
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I myself knew a gentleman, who having treated a large company at his house, three or four days after bragged in jest (for there was no such thing), that he had made them eat of a baked cat; at which, a young gentlewoman, who had been at the feast, took such a horror, that falling into a violent vomiting and fever, there was no possible means to save her.
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Examples of Jest

Example #1
Are not the Plays, (if not by Design) yet by a natural and necessary Consequence, an _undermining_ of his Laws, and an _Attempt_ upon his Government?
Example #2
Is the _Stage_, as 'tis now manag'd, any thing else but a downright Rebellion against God and his Holy Religion?
Example #3
Whether they are not carrying on the Designs of the great Enemy of Mankind?
Example #4
This is the Opinion, _Madam_, of that Excellent Man: and, one would think, it should put those Persons who are the Encouragers of Plays, and the Frequenters of them, when they read it, upon an Enquiry, What it is they are doing?
Example #5
I before have told you, Madam; with this addition, which but for him I never shou'd have known).
Example #6
I say it, tolerably handsome then) was very civil to me, and treated me with much respect, giving me a good Dish of Fish for Supper, which with good Store of Wine, serv'd as a fit Provocative for that which follow'd after.