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English definition of “irony”


noun [C/U]    /ˈɑɪ·rə·ni, ˈɑɪ·ər·ni/
a type of usually humorous expression in which you say the opposite of what you intend : [U] He had a powerful sense of irony, and you could never be absolutely sure when he was serious . Irony is also something that has a different or opposite result from what is expected : [C] It is one of the ironies of life that by the time you have earned enough money for the things you always wanted , you no longer have the energy to enjoy them. literature Irony is a style of writing in which there is a noticeable , often humorous , difference between what is said and the intended meaning .
(Definition of irony noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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