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irony

i·ro·ny

irony

 
 
pronunciation:
aI r ni [or] aI r ni
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a manner of using language so that it conveys a different or opposite meaning to that which is literally expressed in the words themselves. Irony is often used as a literary technique, especially to produce humor or pathos.
"You obviously do all the work around here," she said with unmistakable irony.
definition 2: contrast between expectation and outcome, or an event or situation that contains such contrast.
It was an irony that the man who wrote the most celebrated book on healthy living should die at such a young age.
definition 3: the use of such contrast in drama, as between the actual situation and what the characters understand or say about it, to create suspense or comedy.
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