What does irony mean?

Definitions for ironyˈaɪ rə ni, ˈaɪ ər-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sarcasm, irony, satire, caustic remark(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"--Jonathan Swift

  2. irony(noun)

    incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

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

  3. irony(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. irony(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the metal iron.

    The food had an irony taste to it.

  2. Origin: First attested in 1502. From ironia (perhaps via ironie), from εἰρωνεία, from εἴρων.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irony(adj)

    made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles

  2. Irony(adj)

    resembling iron taste, hardness, or other physical property

  3. Irony(noun)

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

  4. Irony(noun)

    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

  5. Origin: [L. ironia, Gr. dissimulation, fr. a dissembler in speech, fr. to speak; perh. akin to E. word: cf. F. ironie.]

Freebase

  1. Irony

    Irony, in its broadest sense, is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event characterized by an incongruity, or contrast, between reality and appearance. The term may be further defined into several categories, among which are: verbal, dramatic, and situational. Verbal, dramatic, and situational irony are often used for emphasis in the assertion of a truth. The ironic form of simile, used in sarcasm, and some forms of litotes emphasize one's meaning by the deliberate use of language which states the opposite of the truth — or drastically and obviously understates a factual connection. Other forms include dialectic and practical, as identified by Thirlwall.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Irony

    ī′run-i, n. a mode of speech which enables the speaker to convey his meaning with greater force by means of a contrast between the thought which he evidently designs to express and that which his words properly signify: satire.—adj. Iron′ical, meaning the opposite of what is expressed: satirical.—adv. Iron′ically.—The irony of fate, the perverse malignity of fate. [Fr.,—L. ironia, Gr. eirōneia, dissimulation—eirōn, a dissembler—eirein, to talk.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Irony

    is a subtle figure of speech in which, while one thing is said, some indication serves to show that quite the opposite is meant; thus apparent praise becomes severe condemnation or ridicule; practical irony is evinced in ostensibly furthering some one's hopes and wishes while really leading him to his overthrow. Life and history are full of irony in the contrast between ambitions and their realisation.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. irony

    The cactus-plant that sprouts over the tomb of our dead illusions.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'irony' in Nouns Frequency: #2984

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of irony in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of irony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert A. Heinlein:

    The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.

  2. Agnes Repplier:

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

  3. Jessamyn West:

    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.

  4. Karen Friedman:

    It's a cruel irony that in the year we're celebrating the 40th anniversary year of ERISA, Congress is trying to reverse its most significant protections.

  5. Robert Altman:

    Real art is without irony. Irony distances the author from his material. Irony is a product of something. It's not the reason for doing something. Irony is a cheap shot.

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