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English noun: irony

1. irony (communication) witty language used to convey insults or scorn

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymscaustic remark, sarcasm, satire

Broader (hypernym)humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

Attributesarcastic, unsarcastic

2. irony (attribute) incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

SamplesThe irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated.

Broader (hypernym)incongruity, incongruousness

Narrower (hyponym)Socratic irony

3. irony (communication) a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

Broader (hypernym)figure, figure of speech, image, trope

Narrower (hyponym)dramatic irony

Part holonymantiphrasis

Domain usage membersdeserving, indeed, pretty, worth

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