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Socratic irony

noun
1.
pretended ignorance in discussion.
Origin of Socratic irony
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for Socratic irony

Socratic irony

noun
1.
(philosophy) a means by which the pretended ignorance of a skilful questioner leads the person answering to expose his own ignorance
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