Definition with examples
- the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
“‘Don’t go overboard with the gratitude,’ he rejoined with heavy irony”
|synonyms:||sarcasm, sardonicism, dryness, causticity, sharpness, acerbity, acid, bitterness, trenchancy, mordancy, cynicism; More
“that note of irony in her voice”
- a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.
plural noun: ironies
“the irony is that I thought he could help me”
|synonyms:||paradox, paradoxical nature, incongruity, incongruousness, peculiarity
“the irony of the situation hit her”
- a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character’s words or actions is clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
Noun: dramatic irony; plural noun: tragic irony
the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.
“she didn’t like the note of sarcasm in his voice”
|synonyms:||derision, mockery, ridicule, satire, irony, scorn, sneering, scoffing, gibing, taunting; More|