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noun [U] uk   us   /ˈaɪ.rə.ni/

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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