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What is irony?



Irony is a trope in which an expression is used in such a fashion as to convey the opposite meaning of what is expressed.

Example (English)
  • Saying you’re a pretty sight to a mud-splattered child is an illustration of irony.
  • Kind
      Here is a kind of irony:
      Irony is a kind of

    Corbett 1971 489–490

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