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irony

noun [C/U]  us   /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.
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