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εἰρων-εία , ,
A.dissimulation, i.e. ignorance purposely affected to provoke or confoun danantagonist, a mode of argument used by Socrates against the Sophists, Pl.R.337a, cf. Arist.EN1124b30, Cic.Acad. 2.5.15: generally, mock-modesty, opp. ἀλαζονεία, Arist.EN1108a22; sarcasm, Hermog.Id.2.8, al.; understatement, Phld.Lib.p.130.
II. pretence, assumption, when a person at first appears willing, but then draws back, D.4.7; τὴν ἡμετέραν βραδυτῆτα καὶ εἰρωνείαν ib. 37.
III. generally, dissembling, Ph.1.345 (pl.), al.
2. pretext, PSI5.452.23 (iv A.D.).
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    • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 1124b.30
    • Demosthenes, Philippic 1, 7
    • Plato, Republic, 337a
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