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Socratic British & World English

Relating to Socrates or his philosophy

Socratic irony British & World English

A pose of ignorance assumed in order to entice others into making statements that can then be challenged

Socratic elenchus in elenchus British & World English

The Socratic method of eliciting truth by question and answer, especially as used to refute an argument

Socratic method in Socrates British & World English

(469–399 bc), Greek philosopher. As represented in the writings of his disciple Plato, he engaged in dialogue with others in an attempt to define ethical concepts by exposing and dispelling error (the Socratic method). Charged with introducing strange gods and corrupting the young, Socrates was sentenced to death and died by drinking hemlock