Genteel irony a polite and innovative types of deriding another
- Genteel paradox; a polite and innovative types of deriding another.
"genteel irony, courteous mockery," 1580s, from Greek asteismos "wit, witticism," from asteios "of a city or city" (rather than "country"), from asty "city, city," specially (minus the article) "Athens."
(letter.) Genteel irony; a polite and ingenious method of deriding another.