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Socratic irony

[ suh-krat-ik ahy-ruh-nee, ahy er-, soh- ]
/ səˈkræt ɪk ˈaɪ rə ni, ˈaɪ ər-, soʊ- /
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noun
pretended ignorance in discussion.
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Origin of Socratic irony

First recorded in 1870–75

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Socratic irony

noun
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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