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
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
"the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated"
a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
Of or pertaining to the metal iron.
The food had an irony taste to it.
Origin: First attested in 1502. From ironia (perhaps via ironie), from εἰρωνεία, from εἴρων.
made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles
resembling iron taste, hardness, or other physical property
dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist
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
Origin: [L. ironia, Gr. dissimulation, fr. a dissembler in speech, fr. to speak; perh. akin to E. word: cf. F. ironie.]
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
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
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
The cactus-plant that sprouts over the tomb of our dead illusions.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'irony' in Nouns Frequency: #2984
The numerical value of irony in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of irony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
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.
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.
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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Translations for irony
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- تعارض, تنافر, سخرية, مفارقة, تهكمArabic
- ironiaCatalan, Valencian
- σιδηρούς, ειρωνεία, σιδερένιοςGreek
- ferreux, ironie, ironie du sortFrench
- 諷刺, アイロニー, 反語Japanese
- ironie, ijzerachtig, ijzerhoudendDutch
- ironiNorwegian Nynorsk
- skjebnens ironiNorwegian
- żelazny, ironiaPolish
- ironia, ferrosoPortuguese
- ironie, ferosRomanian
- ironija, иронијаSerbo-Croatian
- tezat, ironiTurkish
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