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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Genteel irony; a polite and ingenious manner of deriding another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric, polite irony; a polite and ingenious manner of deriding another.

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  • JM prides himself on his ability to craft almost imperceptible asteisms that are models of propriety and correctness.

    July 31, 2010

  • An ingeniously polite insult.

    May 16, 2008