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Meaning & Definition of Irony in English

English

Irony

/aɪrəni/

noun

1. Witty language used to convey insults or scorn

  • "He used sarcasm to upset his opponent"
  • "Irony is wasted on the stupid"
  • "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--jonathan swift
    synonym:
  • sarcasm
  • ,
  • irony
  • ,
  • satire
  • ,
  • caustic remark

2. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

  • "The irony of ireland's copying the nation she most hated"
    synonym:
  • irony

3. A trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

    synonym:
  • irony