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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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