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Socratic irony   /səkrˈætɪk ˈaɪrəni/   Listen
Socratic irony

Admission of your own ignorance and willingness to learn while exposing someone's inconsistencies by close questioning.

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"Socratic irony" Quotes from Famous Books

... to Socrates; for, though he had leanings as regards externals and plain living to Diogenes, he never studied effect or lived for the applause and admiration of the multitude; his ways were like other people's; he mounted no high horse; he was just a man and a citizen. He indulged in no Socratic irony; but his discourse was full of Attic grace; those who heard it went away neither disgusted by servility nor repelled by ill-tempered censure, but on the contrary lifted out of themselves by charity, and encouraged to more orderly, contented, ...
— Works, V3 • Lucian of Samosata

Words linked to "Socratic irony" :   irony

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