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Irony Definition

Figure of speech in which the ordinary meaning of the words is more or less the opposite of what the poet intends.


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Other Irony Definition

[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

Misc. Definitions

\I"ron*y\, a. [From {Iron}.]
1. Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles. [R.]
\I"ron*y\, n.[L. ironia, Gr. ? dissimulation, fr. ? a dissembler in speech, fr. ? to speak; perh. akin to E. word: cf. F. ironie.]
1. Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.
2. A sort of humor, ridicule, or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech the meaning of which is contrary to the literal sense of the words.

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