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Definition 1: incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where irony or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated

(irony is a kind of ...) the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate

(... is a kind of irony ) admission of your own ignorance and willingness to learn while exposing someone's inconsistencies by close questioning

Definition 2: a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs - [noun denoting communication]

(irony is a kind of ...) language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

(... is a kind of irony ) (theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play

(irony is a part of ...) the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)

(irony is the usage domain for ...) (used ironically) unexpectedly bad

"a pretty mess" "a pretty kettle of fish"

(irony is the usage domain for ...) (often used ironically) worthy of being treated in a particular way

"an idea worth considering" "the deserving poor" "a deserving cause"

(irony is the usage domain for ...) (used as an interjection) an expression of surprise or skepticism or irony etc.

"Wants to marry the butler? Indeed!"

Definition 3: witty language used to convey insults or scorn - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where irony or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for irony in the sense of this definition

(irony is a kind of ...) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

(... are attributes of irony) expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

(... are attributes of irony) not sarcastic

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