irony


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witty language used to convey insults or scorn

incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

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Something of the 'accustomed irony,' which may perhaps be expected to sleep in the ear of the multitude, is lurking here.
A woman who had run away from her husband-- and reputedly with another man--was likely to have mastered the art of taking things for granted; but something in the quality of her composure took the edge from his irony.
Once I saw that his eyes were fixed on Blanche Stroeve, and there was in them a curious irony.
When recalling all this afterwards the prince could not for the life of him understand how to reconcile the beautiful, sincere, pure nature of the girl with the irony of this jest.
The man with the flat voice talked on, without heeding him, of the strange irony of Butteridge's death.
The battalion commander perceived the jovial irony and laughed.
There is a bitter irony in things, a bitter irony in the way we talk of good and bad women.
The sympathetic aspect of his words was altogether destroyed by the thin note of careless irony, which even the child understood.
Gryphus continued, passing from the madness of anger to the cool irony of a man who has got the better of his enemy, -- "Ah, you innocent tulip-fancier, you gentle scholar; you will kill me, and drink my blood
There may be some trace of irony in this curious passage, which forms the concluding portion of the Dialogue.
Instead they exhibit the typical pseudo-classical traits of matter-of-factness and clearness; also, as Swift's personal notes, cleverness, directness, trenchant intellectual power, irony, and entire ease, to which latter the prevailing octosyllabic couplet meter contributes.
Nowhere in Plato is there a deeper irony or a greater wealth of humor or imagery, or more dramatic power.
she said, in a deliberate sweet voice that seemed to clothe her words in a diaphanous garment of impalpable irony.
When you can't arrest the real murderer," he said with an air of supreme irony, "you can always indulge in the luxury of discovering accomplices.
Perhaps it's our strong point, really, the faculty of seeing our own shortcomings; but we overdo it, we comfort ourselves with irony which we always have on the tip of our tongues.