tragic irony
noun Date: 1833 irony 3b

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tragic irony — dramatic irony in tragic drama. [1825 35] * * * ˌtragic ˈirony 7 [tragic irony] noun uncountable (technical) a technique in literature in which a character s actions or thoughts are known to the reader or audience but not to …   Useful english dictionary

  • tragic irony — dramatic irony in tragic drama. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • tragic irony — trag′ic i′rony n. lit. dramatic irony in tragic drama • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • Irony — Ironic redirects here. For the song, see Ironic (song). For other uses, see irony (disambiguation). A Stop sign ironically defaced with a beseechment not to deface stop signs Irony (from the Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía, meaning dissimulation… …   Wikipedia

  • irony — n. 1) bitter irony 2) dramatic, tragic irony 3) a touch of irony 4) an irony that + clause (it was a tragic irony that he was killed in a traffic accident after the war) * * * [ aɪ(ə)rənɪ] tragic irony a touch of irony bitter irony dramatic an… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • irony — i|ron|y [ˈaıərəni US ˈaırə ] n plural ironies [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: ironia, from Greek eironeia, from eiron person who lies ] 1.) [U and C] a situation that is unusual or amusing because something strange happens, or the opposite of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • irony — noun (U) 1 the use of words that are the opposite of what you really mean, in order to be amusing or to show that you are annoyed: heavy irony (=a lot of irony): “Of course Michael won t be late: you know how punctual he always is,” she said with …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • irony — noun (plural nies) Etymology: Latin ironia, from Greek eirōnia, from eirōn dissembler Date: 1502 1. a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other s false conceptions conspicuous by adroit… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tragic — adj. 1 (also tragical) sad; calamitous; greatly distressing (a tragic tale). 2 of, or in the style of, tragedy (tragic drama; a tragic actor). Phrases and idioms: tragic irony a device, orig. in Greek tragedy, by which words carry a tragic, esp.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • irony — 01. I think it s [ironic] that Jennifer, who swore she would never have kids and thought they were all brats, is now the happiest mother in the world. 02. [Ironically], many of the foreign music styles that have been most influential on today s… …   Grammatical examples in English

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