asteism


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asteism

(ˈæstɪˌɪzəm)
n
(Rhetoric) use of creative, courteous, and well-mannered sarcasm or ridicule

asteism

polite and ingenious irony.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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But the alternative is a bit droll: "I face a yawning lion shaving in my mirror in the morning, roaring, / And there's my grandchild standing in the doorway, adoring--/ Many teeth to brush, a beard to shave!" The sharp asteism has dulled into domesticated cynicism.