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asteism

n.

"genteel irony, polite mockery," 1580s, from Greek asteismos "wit, witticism," from asteios "of a city or town" (as opposed to "country"), from asty "town, city," especially (without the article) "Athens."

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Related Words for asteism

fool, repartee, banter, teasing, ribbing, raillery, persiflage, badinage, play, mockery, ridicule, satire, pleasantry, derision, roasting, fun, sport, irony, parody, razzing