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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Asteism (Rhet) Genteel irony; a polite and ingenious manner of deriding another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asteism In rhetoric, polite irony; a polite and ingenious manner of deriding another.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. refined and witty talk, fr. of the town, polite, witty, fr. city: cf. F. astéisme,