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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jest  \Jest\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Jested};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Jesting}.] 
  1.  To  take  part  in  a  merrymaking;  --  especially,  to  act  in  a 
  mask  or  interlude.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  make  merriment  by  words  or  actions;  to  joke;  to  make 
  light  of  anything 
 
  He  jests  at  scars  that  never  felt  a  wound.  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  To  joke;  sport;  rally. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Jest},  {Joke}.  One  jests  in  order  to  make  others 
  laugh;  one  jokes  to  please  himself.  A  jest  is  usually 
  at  the  expense  of  another,  and  is  often  ill-natured;  a 
  joke  is  a  sportive  sally  designed  to  promote  good 
  humor  without  wounding  the  feelings  of  its  object. 
  ``Jests  are  therefore,  seldom  harmless;  jokes 
  frequently  allowable.  The  most  serious  subject  may  be 
  degraded  by  being  turned  into  a  jest.''  --Crabb. 




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