from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The dramatic effect achieved by leading an audience to understand an incongruity between a situation and the accompanying speeches, while the characters in the play remain unaware of the incongruity.
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- noun A
theatrical effectin which the meaning of a situation, or some incongruityin the plot, is understoodby the audience, but not by the charactersin the play.
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- noun (theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
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