from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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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- n. A theatrical effect in which the meaning of a situation, or some incongruity in the plot, is understood by the audience, but not by the characters in the play.
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- n. (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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It was this half-religious, half-philosophical feeling, which Greek tragedy embodied; whence it derived not only dramatic irony or contrast of the real and seeming, but also its characteristic feature — repose.