Definition of Socratic irony in English:

Socratic irony

Line breaks: So|crat¦ic irony

noun

[mass noun]
A pose of ignorance assumed in order to entice others into making statements that can then be challenged.
More 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.

Definition of Socratic irony in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day hubris
Pronunciation: ˈhjuːbrɪs
noun
excessive pride or self-confidence