irony

[I┬Ěron*y]

Reserve irony for situations where there's a gap between reality and expectations, especially when such a gap is created for dramatic or humorous effect.

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Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles.

Noun
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs; "the irony of Ireland''s copying the nation she most hated"

Noun
witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "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"--Johathan Swift

Noun
a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs


a.
Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles.

a.
Resembling iron taste, hardness, or other physical property.

n.
Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.

n.
A sort of humor, ridicule, or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech the meaning of which is contrary to the literal sense of the words.


Irony

I"ron*y , a. [From Iron.] 1. Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles. [R.] Woodward. 2. Resembling iron taste, hardness, or other physical property.

Irony

I"ron*y , n.[L. ironia, Gr. dissimulation, fr. a dissembler in speech, fr. to speak; perh. akin to E. word: cf. F. ironie.] 1. Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist. 2. A sort of humor, ridicule, or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech the meaning of which is contrary to the literal sense of the words.

Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles.

Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.

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Usage Examples

The irony is that it was tougher to rent a car from Cerberus when it owned Alamo than to buy a semi-automatic. To rent a car, one had to provide ID, a drivers' license, and get insurance coverage. To buy a gun? Cash and carry, from the back of a station wagon at a gun show. No concerns about downstream liability or risk.

That is where the irony of the film comes off, in terms of the language it employs - where he tries desperately to be a 'TV Dad,' to give advice and it's so pat it becomes ridiculous.

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

The kind of funny irony is that a lot of people talk about ethical meat eating as if it's a way to care about things, but also not to alienate yourself from the rest of the world. But it's so much more alienating than vegetarianism.

Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception.

It is hard to miss the irony in the fact that the very same week that Republicans were publicly heralding Congressman Paul Ryan's plan to inject market forces into the American health care system, they were crafting a budget deal to strip them from the health reform law.

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.

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Other Usage Examples

My father could be very witty, even if the humor was always on the darker side of irony.

I have wit in my work and a sense of humor, but I do not use irony in any way.

I love Sell Out, I think it's great. I love the jingles. The whole thing as an album is a wonderful piece of work. The cover. Everything about it. It's got humor, great songs, irony.

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.

The irony is that you can't use real rain to make movies.

The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.

The irony of the Supreme Court hearing on these cases last week and of the outright hostility that the Court has displayed against religion in recent years is that above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a concrete display of the Ten Commandments.

A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.

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