irony

  • 1irony — In the ordinary use of language irony means primarily ‘an expression of meaning by use of words that have an opposite literal meaning or tendency’. When we look out of the window at the pouring rain and exclaim ‘What a lovely day!’, we are using… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2irony — irony1 [ī′rə nē, ī′ər nē] n. pl. ironies [Fr ironie < L ironia < Gr eirōneia < eirōn, dissembler in speech < eirein, to speak < IE base * wer , to speak > WORD] 1. a) a method of humorous or subtly sarcastic expression in which… …

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  • 3Irony — I ron*y, a. [From {Iron}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles; In this sense {iron} is the more common term. [R.] Woodward. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. Resembling iron in taste,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4Irony — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 6irony — noun cynicism, dissimulatio, ironia, mockery, sarcasm, satire Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 7irony — *wit, satire, sarcasm, humor, repartee …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8irony — [n] sarcasm banter, burlesque, contempt, contrariness, criticism, derision, humor, incongruity, jibe, mockery, mordancy, paradox, quip, raillery, repartee, reproach, ridicule, sardonicism, satire, taunt, twist, wit; concepts 230,278 Ant.… …

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  • 9irony — ► NOUN (pl. ironies) 1) the expression of meaning through the use of language which normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous effect. 2) a state of affairs that appears perversely contrary to what one expects. ORIGIN Greek eir neia… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10Irony — 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… …

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  • 11irony — irony1 /uy reuh nee, uy euhr /, n., pl. ironies. 1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, How nice! when I said I had to work all weekend. 2. Literature. a. a technique of… …

    Universalium

  • 12irony — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great, heavy ▪ She tried to ignore the heavy irony in his voice. ▪ gentle ▪ She congratulated him with gentle irony. ▪ bi …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13irony — 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… …

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  • 14irony —    , ironic    Irony is a form of expression in which the real meaning is concealed or contradicted by the words or images used a meaning which either markedly contrasts or is entirely opposite to that which appears to be presented. It is a trope …

    Glossary of Art Terms

  • 15irony */ — UK [ˈaɪrənɪ] / US noun Word forms irony : singular irony plural ironies 1) [uncountable] a form of humour in which you use words to express the opposite of what the words really mean You ve been so kind, she said, her voice heavy with irony. a… …

    English dictionary

  • 16irony — 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

  • 17irony — i|ro|ny [ aırəni ] noun * 1. ) uncount a form of humor in which you use words to express the opposite of what the words really mean: You ve been so kind, she said, her voice heavy with irony. a touch/trace/hint of irony: His writing contains a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18irony — [[t]a͟ɪrəni[/t]] ironies 1) N UNCOUNT Irony is a subtle form of humour which involves saying things that you do not mean. They find only irony in the narrator s concern... Sinclair examined the closed, clever face for any hint of irony, but found …

    English dictionary

  • 19irony — 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

  • 20irony — i•ro•ny [[t]ˈaɪ rə ni, ˈaɪ ər [/t]] n. pl. nies 1) cvb the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning 2) rht Socratic irony 3) lit. dramatic irony 4) an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been …

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