Definition of Socratic irony in English:

Socratic irony


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

    ‘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.’


Socratic irony

/səˈkradik ˈīrənē/ /səˈkrædɪk ˈaɪrəni/