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English definition of “irony”

irony

noun [U] (TYPE OF SPEECH)    /ˈaɪ.rə.ni/
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 .) → Compare sarcasmFigurative use of language
(Definition of irony noun (TYPE OF SPEECH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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