asteism

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Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Ancient Greek ἀστεῖος (asteîos, of the town; urbane), from ἄστυ (ástu, town). Compare Greek αστεϊσμός (asteïsmós).

Noun[edit]

asteism (countable and uncountable, plural asteisms)

  1. Polite irony; a genteel and ingenious manner of deriding another.

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