Translation of "irony" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun [ no plural ] uk /ˈaɪ.rə.ni/ us

A 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.

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.)
→ Compare sarcasm

(Translation of “irony” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /ˈaiərəni/ (plural ironies)

a form of deliberate mockery in which one says the opposite of what is obviously true

His playful sense of irony adds much to his performances as a comedian.

seeming mockery in a situation, words etc

The irony of the situation was that he stole the money which she had already planned to give him.
ironic /aiˈronik(l)/ /aiˈronikəl/ adjective ( ironical)

ironically adverb


(Translation of “irony” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)