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EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Ancient Greek ἀστεῖος (asteîos, of the town; urbane), from ἄστυ (ástu, town). Compare Greek αστεϊσμός (asteïsmós).

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asteism (countable and uncountable, plural asteisms)

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

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