from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
- n. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
- n. A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect. See Synonyms at wit1.
- n. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs: "Hyde noted the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated” ( Richard Kain).
- n. An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity. See Usage Note at ironic.
- n. Dramatic irony.
- n. Socratic irony.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the metal iron.
- n. A statement that, when taken in context, may actually mean something different from, or the opposite of what is written literally; the use of words expressing something other than their literal intention, notably as a form of humor.
- n. Dramatic irony: 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.
- n. Ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist; Socratic irony.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; ; -- In this sense iron is the more common term.
- adj. Resembling iron in taste, hardness, or other physical property.
- n. Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.
- n. A sort of humor, ridicule, or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech the meaning of which is contrary to the literal sense of the words.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of or resembling iron; also, resembling any of the distinctive qualities of iron.
- n. Simulated ignorance in discussion: a method of exposing an antagonist's ignorance by pretending to desire information or instruction from him.
- n. Hence Covert sarcasm; such a use of agreeable or commendatory forms of expression as to convey a meaning opposite to that literally expressed; sarcastic laudation, compliment, or the like.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
- n. incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
- n. witty language used to convey insults or scorn
It may seem as if Mr. Lear is simply applying the term "irony" to insights that Sigmund Freud discovered a century ago; indeed "A Case for Irony" includes commentaries by a few distinguished thinkers who, in different ways, say as much.
The term irony itself is rooted in the Greek eiron, or "a dissembler," or liar.
Situational irony is different in that the readers are not aware; the results are unexpected and mocking in relation to what was expected (the usual use of the term irony).
You could dignify this with the word irony, but it is just the usual story of politics and hypocrisy.
Thats not all, the irony is as a would be customer from same/other banks you will keep getting printed advertisement about new products (Home/Car Loans, FDs, MFs etc.) sealed in a pretty colored envelope posted onto your address every now and then.
Well, the irony is the candidates listed are actually doing the party a favor.
AH, the RNC whining about being given a taste of it's own $h1t. the irony is astounding. dee
Therefore the irony is a 'spa' serving a 'British breakfast', generally composed of sausage, eggs, and beans.
I'm sorry but the irony is almost too much to bear!
The other irony is the longer I worked at Kinko's, the less likely I was to enjoy actual music.