from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of a word or phrase in a sense contrary to its normal meaning for ironic or humorous effect, as in a mere babe of 40 years.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Use of a word or phrase in a sense not in accord with its literal meaning, especially for ironic or humorous effect
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The use of words in a sense opposite to their proper meaning; as when a court of justice is called a court of vengeance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning, or when its opposite should have been used; irony, used either in sarcasm or in humor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)
Late Latin, from Greek, from antiphrazein, to express by the opposite : anti-, anti- + phrazein, to speak; see phrase.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
anti- + phrasis (Wiktionary)