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IRONY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does irony mean? 

IRONY (noun)
  The noun IRONY has 3 senses:

1. witty language used to convey insults or scorn
2. incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
3. a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

  Familiarity information: IRONY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IRONY (noun)


Sense 1irony [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Witty language used to convey insults or scorn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

caustic remark; irony; sarcasm; satire

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("irony" is a kind of...):

humor; humour; wit; witticism; wittiness (a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter)

Attribute:

sarcastic (expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds)

unsarcastic (not sarcastic)


Sense 2irony [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("irony" is a kind of...):

incongruity; incongruousness (the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "irony"):

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


Sense 3irony [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("irony" is a kind of...):

figure; figure of speech; image; trope (language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense)

Meronyms (parts of "irony"):

antiphrasis (the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony))

Domain member usage:

pretty ((used ironically) unexpectedly bad)

deserving; meriting; worth (having sufficient worth)

indeed ((used as an interjection) an expression of surprise or skepticism or irony etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "irony"):

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


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