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Meaning of IRONY

Pronunciation:  'Iurnee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs; "the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated"
  2. [n]  witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"
  3. [n]  a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

IRONY is a 5 letter word that starts with I.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \I"ron*y\, a. [From {Iron}.]
    1. Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as,
       irony chains; irony particles. [R.]
  2. \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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