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irony

noun [U] uk   /ˈaɪ.rə.ni/ us  

irony noun [U] (OPPOSITE RESULT)

C2 a situation in which something which was intended to have a particular result has the opposite or a very different result: The irony (of it) is that the new tax system will burden those it was intended to help.
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irony noun [U] (TYPE OF SPEECH)

C2 the use of words that are the opposite of what you mean, as a way of being funny: Her voice heavy with irony, Simone said, "We're so pleased you were able to stay so long." (= Her voice made it obvious they were not pleased.)
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Translations of “irony”
in Spanish ironía…
in French ironie…
in German die Ironie…
in Chinese (Traditional) 反效果, 諷刺,適得其反…
in Russian ирония, превратность судьбы, насмешка…
in Turkish tuhaflık, acayiplik, gariplik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 反效果, 讽刺,适得其反…
in Polish ironia…
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