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What is irony?

 

Definition
 

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:
     
    Generic
      Irony is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Corbett 1971 489–490


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