Definition of Socratic irony in English:

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Socratic irony

noun

A pose of ignorance assumed in order to entice others into making statements that can then be challenged.
Example sentences
  • Menexenus appreciates Socratic irony and instantly recognizes this leitmotif of Plato's anti-rhetorical polemic: ‘You are always toying with the orators, Socrates ’.
  • It employs what I believe is known as Socratic irony, in which an illogical idea is taking to its logical conclusion and is a telling satire of the fears and neuroses of human beings.

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Syllabification: So·crat·ic i·ro·ny

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