[n] incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs; "the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated"
[n] witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"
[n] a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
Figure of speech in which the ordinary meaning of the words is more or less the opposite of what the poet intends.
caustic remark, sarcasm, satire
antiphrasis, dramatic irony, figure, figure of speech, humor, humour, image, incongruity, incongruousness, Socratic irony, trope, wit, witticism, wittiness