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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: ironia, from Greek eironeia, from eiron 'person who lies'

irony

noun
     
i‧ron‧y plural ironies
1 [uncountable and countable] a situation that is unusual or amusing because something strange happens, or the opposite of what is expected happens or is true:
Life is full of little ironies.
tragic/cruel/bitter etc irony
The tragic irony is that the drug was supposed to save lives.
2AL [uncountable] when you use words that are the opposite of what you really mean, often in order to be amusing
trace/hint/touch of irony
Wagner calls his program 'the worst talk show in America,' without a hint of irony.
heavy irony British English (=a lot of irony)
'Of course Michael won't be late; you know how punctual he always is,' she said with heavy irony.
sarcasm
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