May
09
2014

irony

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aI @r ni [or] aI r@ ni

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.
example:  ”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.
example:  It was an irony that the man who wrote the most celebrated book on healthy living should die at such a young age.

See full entry

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
Post on Twitter