Fr.: 1) ironie; 2) ironiser
1) The humorous or mildly sarcastic use of words to imply the opposite
of what they normally mean. → ironic.
From L. ironia, from Gk. eironeia "dissimulation, assumed ignorance," from eiron "dissembler," perhaps related to eirein "to speak."
Govâžé, ultimately from Proto-Ir. *ui-vac-, from *ui- prefix denoting "apart, away, out," cf. Av. vi-, O.Pers. viy-, Skt. vi- (Mod.Pers., e.g., gozidan, → select, gozaštan "to cross," → passage) + *uac- "to say, speak," → word; also govâžidan "to make irony of, to say ironically."
Fr.: ironie socratique
A means by which the pretended ignorance of a skillful questioner leads the person answering to expose his own ignorance (Collins).