Socratic irony
noun Date: circa 1871 irony 1

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Socratic irony — n. pretense of ignorance in a discussion to expose the fallacies in the opponent s logic …   English World dictionary

  • Socratic irony — noun admission of your own ignorance and willingness to learn while exposing someone s inconsistencies by close questioning • Hypernyms: ↑irony …   Useful english dictionary

  • Socratic irony — pretended ignorance in discussion. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • Socratic irony — noun The act of asking someone a question in order to demonstrate his or her ignorance …   Wiktionary

  • socratic irony — ignorance and of willingness to learn as one questions another on the meaning of a term; pretended ignorance to provoke discussion and promote the search for truth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Socratic irony — noun a pose of ignorance assumed in order to entice others into making statements that can then be challenged …   English new terms dictionary

  • Socratic irony — Socrat′ic i′rony n. rht pretended ignorance in discussion • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • Socratic irony — /səkrætɪk ˈaɪrəni/ (say suhkratik uyruhnee) noun See irony1 (def. 3) …   Australian English dictionary

  • irony — In the ordinary use of language irony means primarily ‘an expression of meaning by use of words that have an opposite literal meaning or tendency’. When we look out of the window at the pouring rain and exclaim ‘What a lovely day!’, we are using… …   Modern English usage

  • irony — irony1 [ī′rə nē, ī′ər nē] n. pl. ironies [Fr ironie < L ironia < Gr eirōneia < eirōn, dissembler in speech < eirein, to speak < IE base * wer , to speak > WORD] 1. a) a method of humorous or subtly sarcastic expression in which… …   English World dictionary

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