Definitions for: Irony


[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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: caustic remark, sarcasm, satire

See Also: antiphrasis, dramatic irony, figure, figure of speech, humor, humour, image, incongruity, incongruousness, Socratic irony, trope, wit, witticism, wittiness

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