Answer: a general dicrepancy between what is said and what is meant, or between
what is expected to happen and what actually happens
Word Origin early 16th century (also denoting Socratic irony): via Latin from Greek eirōneia 'simulated ignorance' from eirōn 'dissembler'.
Scrabble Points: 8
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Irony definition is - the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning. How to use irony in a sentence. What's irony ?
Irony (from Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía 'dissimulation feigned ignorance') in its broadest sense is a rhetorical device literary technique or event in which what on the surface appears to be the case or to be expected differs radically from what is actually the case.
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Irony is the contrast between how things seem and how they are. The term comes from the Latin word ironia meaning "feigned ignorance." Storytellers of all stripes use irony as a literary device to create tension humor or as the central conceit in a plot.
noun plural i·ro·nies. 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.
Irony is a literary device in which contradictory statements or situations reveal a reality that is different from what appears to be true. There are many forms of irony featured in literature.
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