What does asteism mean?

asteism meaning in General Dictionary

Genteel irony a polite and innovative types of deriding another

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  • Genteel paradox; a polite and innovative types of deriding another.

asteism meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"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."


asteism meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Genteel irony; a polite and ingenious method of deriding another.