Irony
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.] [1913 Webster] 1. Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(saying one thing and meaning the opposite)


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