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:
- The US English dictionary